Chris Gayle continues to poke fun at January’s incident with television presenter Mel McLaughlin, telling former Australian player and pundit Tom Moody not to blush in an interview during a Pakistan Super League match.
"Cheers Tom. Don’t blush, Tom,” Gayle said after an interview with former Australia player Moody.
Gayle was fined $10,000 by Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades and infuriated Cricket Australia officials at the start of the year when he appeared to make several passes at McLauglin during a live TV interview.
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The Jamaican slugger earned widespread condemnation for attempting to flirt with Ten Network’s McLaughlin, telling the journalist “Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can have a drink”, before quipping “don’t blush baby”.
The Australian journalist appeared visibly upset, and responded “I’m not blushing”, before a wave of online criticism prompted Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland to applaud condemnation of Gayle’s comments.
“I’m pleased to see the public response to say these comments are not acceptable, we certainly echo those thoughts and comments,” he said.
Gayle said later in an apology: “A lot of things have occurred from a simple comment, a joke, a simple joke. It seems it went out of proportion.”
“There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel, or offensive.
“If she felt that way, then I am really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant. It was a simple joke.”
Gayle however then teed off at critics in an impassioned and explicit rant on social media once the BBL season finished.
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Currently in the United Arab Emirates taking part in Pakistan’s T20 league, Gayle has now revisited the episode unprompted.
After the comment to Moody, the West Indies star retweeted a supporter who invites his current Pakistan Super League employers to also fine the batsman.
It has recently been confirmed that Somerset will invite Gayle to play for them in the T20 Blast.