Cricketer Gayle is fined after making pass at TV reporter
Cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined heavily but avoided suspension for making inappropriate comments to a female reporter in a live TV interview during a match.
Gayle caused a storm when questioned by Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin after being dismissed playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), the West Indies batsman suggesting in the live television interview they should go out at the end of the match.
"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," he said.
Gayle then added to McLaughlin "don't blush, baby" during an awkward pause in the interview.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland last night joined the criticism of Gayle's comments, saying it bordered on harassment and was inappropriate. Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry reacted by fining Gayle A$10,000 (£4,878).
"It was done in jest but it's inappropriate," Coventry said. "We had a look at some history and... we think that this is a one-off scenario." However, former Australia batsman Chris Rogers, a former team-mate of Gayle's at Sydney Thunder, waded into the row by saying he had been disappointed with the batsman's attitude in the past and claimed the latest comments were proof of a "pattern of behaviour".
"From my time at the Thunder I was very disappointed with his attitude and his behaviour, and I've not been a fan since," he said.
Gayle was later photographed wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan 'SexSells'.