The West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was asked about his batting style but was more interested in flirting with his interviewer.
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been described as “disrespectful” after flirting with a reporter during a live interview. Gayle was talking to Melanie McLaughlin of Australia’s Ten Sports when she asked him about the “aggressive” batting style that had seen him score 41 runs from just 15 deliveries.
The 36-year-old former captain said: “To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully (we’ll) win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”
McLaughlin, 36, replied: “I’m not blushing”.
The interview took place during a Big Bash League (BBL) game between Gayle’s Melbourne Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes. Renegades won the game by five wickets.
A statement from BBL head Anthony Everard said Gayle’s comments were “disrespectful and simply inappropriate”. “We’ll certainly be talking to him and the Renegades about it,” he added. “This league is all about its appeal to kids, families and females. “There’s no place in the BBL or, for that matter, cricket anywhere for that sort of behaviour.”
England all-rounder and Ten commentator Andrew Flintoff tweeted: “Big fan of @henrygayle but he made himself look like a bit of a chop there”.
Ten Sport tweeted in praise of McLaughlin, who has been with the broadcaster for two years, for “staying professional”.
Gayle said nothing about the incident on his Twitter page but did re-tweet words from broadcaster Piers Morgan which said: “I’m absolutely outraged that everyone’s so absolutely outraged by @henrygayle being a bit cheeky to a female TV reporter. #BBL05”.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 4, 2016
Australian hockey player Georgie Parker also tweeted support for Gayle: “Next time I get interviewed by a male I’ll do a Chris Gayle, and I’m fairly sure no one would blink an eye lid. Let’s calm our farms, people.”