West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined and told he may not return to the Melbourne Renegades next seasons after asking out a female reporter live on air.
Gayle was fined $10,000 by his Big Bash League (BBL) side after he told reporter Mel McLaughlin she had beautiful eyes and said:
Don't blush, baby.
Gayle has apologised for any offence caused by his behaviour, saying the interaction was a “simple joke”.
Following the uproar this week, the Guardian reports former Australian captain Ian Chappell said that Cricket Australia should not tolerate Gayle's behaviour in the interview with McLaughlin:
I wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the clubs, ‘he’s never to be contracted again in this country'.
And I also wouldn’t have a problem if Cricket Australia said to the ICC, ‘what we’re doing should be worldwide’.
Of course, what would any sporting debate be without a high-profile amateur wading in on the 72-year-old's opinions?
Of course. Well. That settles that, we guess.
Morgan's remarks went down as expected:
As this tweet about the infamous 1981 ODI between Australia and New Zealand shows, Morgan is never one to back away from the firing line...
Ok, well, sometimes he is...