Chris Gayle fined $10,000 for his sleazy ‘don’t blush baby’ comment to Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin – but says it was ‘just a joke and we have to move on’
- Chris Gayle slammed for ‘sleazy’ remarks to reporter Mel McLaughlin
- Gayle made the inappropriate remarks during a Big Bash League match
- 36-year-old asked McLaughlin out for a drink, and added ‘don’t blush baby’
- Gayle’s comments were quickly criticised by many on social media
Cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 for taking a sleazy pass at Channel 10 sports reporter Mel McLaughlin after a day of controversy where he stormed out of a press conference.
The Melbourne Renegades opener made an abrupt exit from a brief ‘apology’ media statement on Tuesday after calling the comments ‘a simple joke’.
Gayle asked the veteran sports journalist for a drink after the Big Bash League game in Hobart on Monday night and then proceeded to tell her ‘don’t blush, baby’.
Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry formally apologised to Ms McLaughlin in a statement, saying: ‘Chris’s comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful’.
Mr Coventry said Gayle was ‘quite surprised’ by the fine, which will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle dismissed ‘sleazy’ comments made to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin on Monday night as a ‘simple joke’
After touching down in Melbourne on Tuesday, Gayle addressed the comments which had drawn strong criticism on social media
Gayle came under fire after he asked the reporter on air for a drink after the game, and then proceeded to tell her ‘don’t blush, baby’ during a post-match interview at the Big Bach League match in Hobart
After touching down in Melbourne on Tuesday morning, Gayle addressed the storm surrounding his remarks but dismissed the incident as harmless.
‘A lot of things have flared up from a simple comment, a joke, a simple joke on air and it seemed to went out of proportion,’ Gayle said on his return from Hobart.
When a journalist interjected to tell Gayle that McLaughlin was ‘pretty upset’, the cricketer asked him to ‘be quiet and let me finish’.
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