Renegade action blows up a Gayle for Big Bash

Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle arrives at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. The PNG Womens Cricket Team hadn't heard about last nights incident where Gayle tried to pick up a female journalist during an interview. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING
Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle arrives at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. The PNG Womens Cricket Team hadn't heard about last nights incident where Gayle tried to pick up a female journalist during an interview. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING TRACEY NEARMY

MELBOURNE Renegades have acted on Chris Gayle's controversial interview with Channel 10's Mel McLaughlin on Monday night, handing him a $10,000 fine.

It came a short time before the presenter herself opened up about the exchange that has divided public opinion.

In front of a national television audience, Gayle, 36, awkwardly told McLaughlin, 36, "don't blush, baby" after suggesting they "have a drink" if his team won the Big Bash league game against Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.

The Renegades will donate the $10,000 to the Jane McGrath cancer foundation, Coventry saying this was a "one-off scenario" and therefore the franchise did not suspend him.

Cricket Australia was also considering a tough stand against the heavy-hitting West Indian batsman.

"We have very high expectations and standards to make sure that doesn't happen again," Renegades chief executive Stuart Coventry said.

"I'm hoping Chris and Mel can get together in the next 24 hours and he can apologise to her face."

 

 

Speaking to the ABC yesterday, McLaughlin said she was shocked at Gayle's comments.

"It just doesn't happen normally ... We always want equality and I always felt in my career, I felt nothing but respect.

"I don't really want to be the subject of such conversations.

"I just like going about my business and doing my job but [it's] definitely a good thing that people are talking."

Fox Sports presenter Neroli Meadows also told the ABC Gayle was a "creep" who has continuously propositioned female reporters, including herself, at a press conference when Gayle was at the Sydney Thunder.

Meadows added similar incidents such as the one with Gayle towards McLaughlin happen "10 times a day".

Despite receiving criticism, Gayle maintained his swagger at Melbourne Airport.

In front of a waiting press pack, he posed for photos with fans before stepping in front of the cameras and asking: "Do you have a question for me?"

 

Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle poses for photographs with the PNG women's cricket team at Melbourne Airport. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy.
Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle poses for photographs with the PNG women's cricket team at Melbourne Airport. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy.

 

He then proceeded to only partially apologise to McLaughlin.

"To be honest with you, it was a simple comment, a simple joke, and it seemed to go way out of proportion," he said.

"There wasn't anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel, or offending.

"If she felt that way, then I'm really sorry for that."

After being further probed about making a female reporter feel uncomfortable while doing her job, Gayle arrogantly walked out of the press conference after offering the following:

"Did she (McLaughlin) tell you she was uncomfortable? She told you that?

"All right, have a good day."



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