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Gayle apologises for his comments in BBL interview

Gayle apologises for his comments in BBL interview
Chris Gayle was fined $10,000 for his comments which will be donated to the McGrath Foundation in recognition of Jane McGrath Day at the SCG on Tuesday.
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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has tendered an apology for his comments during an interview with Network Ten journalist Mel McLaughlin during the Big Bash League (BBL) match on Monday.

During the interview with McLaughlin on the sidelines of the match between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes, Gayle suggested that they “should go out for a drink” after the end of the match.

The on-air comments by Gayle drew a lot of criticism from various quarters including the organisers of the BBL and Cricket Australia (CA).

Anthony Everard the head of the BBL stated that the comments by Gayle were disrespectful and the officials will have a word with the swashbuckling batsman.

“I heard Chris’s comments and they’re disrespectful and simply inappropriate,” Everard said.

“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.”

The chief executive officer of the Melbourne Renegades Stuart Coventry apologised to McLaughlin on behalf of the franchise and stated that the management will look to penalise Gayle for his actions.

“On behalf of the franchise we want to apologise to Mel and hope she didn’t feel uncomfortable in her professional environment,” Coventry said.

“She’s a wonderful sports reporter and she doesn’t deserve that.

“Over the coming days we’ll look for some type of internal sanction for Chris for the comments he did make so he won’t do those things again.”

CA chief executive James Sutherland also came down heavily on the comments made by Gayle and deemed them equal to harassment.

“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,” Sutherland told reporters in Sydney.

“Those sort of comments border on harassment.

“Anyone that sees the humour in that is misunderstanding and somewhat delusional about the situation.

“It’s a workplace situation, it’s inappropriate and it’s very, very public.

“That just goes to the point about how inappropriate and just not cool that is.”

With his comments causing a huge controversy, Gayle apologised to McLaughlin and said that he did not mean to be disrespectful.

Gayle further added that his comments were intended as a simple joke and are being taken out of proportion.

“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 at Melbourne airport.

“There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel and if she felt that way I’m really sorry for that.

“There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way to any particular person like that.

“It was a simple joke; the game was going on.

“Entertainment, things get out of proportion but these things do happen.

“There wasn’t any harm done, I’ll leave it at that.

“I’m sorry for that, we’ll have to move on.”

Also the Melbourne Renegades has fined Gayle $10,000 for his comments which will be donated to the McGrath Foundation in recognition of Jane McGrath Day at the SCG on Tuesday.

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