Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cricket Star Chris Gayle Fined £5,000 for Asking out TV Presenter on Live TV

CRICKET star Chris Gayle has been stumped with a £5,000 fine after he asked a glamorous TV presenter out on a date during a live interview.

The former West Indies captain faced a sexism storm over remarks he insisted were “a simple joke”.

The row erupted when Gayle, 36, was quizzed by Mel McLaughlin after smashing 41 runs in 15 balls for Melbourne Renegades during a Big Bash League Twenty20 match in Australia.

The 6ft 4in batting ace flirted with her, saying: “I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well.”

During an awkward pause he then added: “Don’t blush, baby.”

His club fined him for his remarks and imposed a pitch-side interview ban. He later offered a full apology to Ms McLaughlin, also 36, saying: “It wasn’t meant to be offensive or disrespectful to Mel and if she felt that way I’m really sorry for that.

“There wasn’t any harm meant. It was a simple joke. Things get out of proportion but these things do happen. There wasn’t any harm done. I’m sorry.”

Fox Sports reporter Neroli Meadows said Gayle had made similar comments to her and several other female reporters.
She said: “He does this constantly. He has creepy behaviour and the way he did it to Mel was just that – and Mel knew it was going to happen.”

Former Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers, Gayle’s captain when he played for Sydney Thunder, said he was “not a fan” of the cricketer and accused him of being a bad influence on younger players.

Rogers, who is set to be Gayle’s teammate at Somerset this summer, said: “This is a pattern of behaviour. If you know the guy, you see it over and over. To defend it is not right at all.”

Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland criticised Gayle, saying: “It’s not a nightclub and I think one of the things that perhaps hasn’t dawned on everyone is it’s actually a workplace.”

Melbourne Renegades boss Stuart Coventry said: “Chris’ comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful. The club would like to extend a formal apology to Mel.”

Ms McLaughlin, who is separated from her husband, said it was “a little bit disappointing because I’m not used to seeing that”, adding: “I don’t really want to be the subject of such conversations.”

But some saw the response as an overreaction.

Australian women’s hockey star Georgie Parker wrote: “Let’s all just take it as it was, a bit of a laugh from a known joker.”

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