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Chris Gayle fined in Big Bash League over reporter ‘sexism’ row

by | Jan 5, 2016

Chris GayleWest Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) by his club for “inappropriate conduct” after he asked a TV reporter for a date in a live interview.

Gayle was speaking to journalist Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash League T20 match in Hobart on Monday.

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

 

He then said his teammate Dwayne Bravo was buying him a meal because his “pockets were empty”.

He also retweeted a comment from broadcaster and cricket fan Piers Morgan, who said he was “outraged at the outrage” at Gayle being “a bit cheeky to a female TV reporter”.

Gayle has said he is sorry, but that the reaction was “out of proportion”.

Apparently making light of the episode, the cricketer later tweeted a photo of an empty bed, saying he was tired.

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