West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has come under fire for 'sexist' remarks made during an interview with TV reporter Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash League match
Melbourne: West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle, who is known for his flamboyant style -- both on and off the field, has courted fresh controversy for making "inappropriate" remarks to a female television presenter live on air during a Big Bash League cricket match.
Gayle, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 competition, was speaking to Channel 10 presenter Mel McLaughlin after he made a quickfire 41 runs of 15 balls in his team's victory against Tasmania.
Screenshot of Chris Gayle, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the T20 competition, speaking to Channel 10 presenter Mel McLaughlin.
"I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that's the reason why I'm here... to see your eyes for the first time," Gayle said.
"Hopefully we win this game and we can have a drink after, don't blush baby," he added.
McLaughlin, who appeared uncomfortable as a result of the 36-year-old Gayle's remarks attempted to laugh it off by saying, "I'm not blushing", as she tried to continue with the interview.
Cricketers such as former England captain Andrew Flintoff slammed Gayle for his act that was condemned by others as well on social media.
Flintoff tweeted, "Well played McLaughlin!! Big fan of Gayle, but made himself look a bit of a chop there."
After the incident, Big Bash League chief executive Anthony Everard released a statement on Twitter. "I heard Chris' comments and they're disrespectful and simply inappropriate. We'll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it. This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. There's just no place in the BBL - or, for that matter, cricket anywhere - for that sort of behaviour."
Gayle was also criticised for making inappropriate remarks to a female journalist, when he was asked how the felt about the pitch in the lead-up to a match in the Caribbean Premier League last year.