Chris Gayle sent social media into a frenzy after he openly flirted with Network 10’s Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash match against the Hobart Hurricanes.
Gayle, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades, smashed the ball all over the park to score a brilliant 41 of 15 balls. Shortly after he got out, he was interviewed by Mel at the Renegades dugout.
She asked the batsman on his aggressive batting to which he replied: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice so. Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”
McLaughlin handled it pretty well, but it could be seen that she was feeling uneasy about the comments given to her.
Cricket Australia (CA) will decide what action has to be taken today, while a report on The Daily Telegraph suggests that Network 10 would strip the microphone off the swash buckling West Indian for the rest of the Big Bash season.
“I think it’s a pretty significant mis-hit by Chris Gayle,” said CA boss James Sutherland. “Those comments are completely out of line. I don’t think at the end of all this Chris will be under any illusions as to what we [Cricket Australia] think of it.”
Chris Gayle apologized shortly after he arrived at the Melbourne airport. Gayle said that his comments were a joke and he didn’t mean to offend McLaughlin at all.
“There wasn’t anything meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel. If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way, to harm any particular person in any particular way like that. It was a simple joke … I don’t know how it reached this far, to be honest. It is one of those things,” Gayle said.
However, BBC just reported that Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) for “inappropriate conduct.”
Channel Ten had tweeted the incident’s video with ‘#smooth’. The tweet has since been deleted.
Here are some Twitter users’ reactions to the controversy:
— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) January 4, 2016
Next time I get interviewed by a male I'll do a Chris Gayle, and I'm fairly sure no one would blink an eye lid.. Let's calm our farms people
— Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) January 4, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 4, 2016
You can watch the interview here: