Gayle’s Apology Not Enough, Fined 10,000 AUD For TV Interview

Chris Gayle was fined 10,000 Australian dollars on Tuesday for asking a female TV presenter out on live television.

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File photo of Chris Gayle. (Photo:<a href="https://www.facebook.com/search/photos/?q=cHRIS%20gAYLE%20Big%20Bash%20League"> Big Bash League Facebook</a>)
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  • Ace West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was fined 10,000 Australian dollars ($7,190) on Tuesday for asking a female TV presenter out on live television.
  • The amount will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer charity in recognition of Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
  • Gayle apologised for the incident but said the reactions were out of proportion.

Ace West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was fined 10,000 Australian dollars ($7,190) on Tuesday for asking a female TV presenter out on live television during a Big Bash League (BBL) match.

The amount will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer charity in recognition of Jane McGrath Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), according to the Cricket Australia (CA) website.

The 36-year-old spoke a bit too freely with the reporter Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash game here on Monday.

To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don’t blush baby.

Chris Gayle
 Mel McLaughlin interviews Chris Gayle. (Photo: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdS6Y1F77_wjeQ12OUwv89g">Brown Mongoose</a>)
Mel McLaughlin interviews Chris Gayle. (Photo: Brown Mongoose)

In the game, Gayle’s side the Melbourne Renegades won against the Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets.

The 36-year-old later apologised for the incident but said the reactions were out of proportion.

There wasn’t anything meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel. If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. It was a simple joke. The game was going on. Entertainment, things get out of proportion but these things happen.

Chris Gayle

The fine leaves Gayle free to play in the Renegades next fixture, the highly anticipated Melbourne derby rematch with Melbourne Stars.

Chris’s comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful. There is simply no place for these type of comments at the Melbourne Renegades. The club would like to extend a formal apology to Mel McLaughlin.

Stuart Coventry, CEO, Melbourne Renegades

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