West Indies batsman Chris Gayle might have handed a $ 10,000 fine for his infamous “don’t blush, baby” comment to a women journalist of Australia during the Big Bash League T20 match but the veteran star has decided to repeat the comment on live TV to a male reporter in Pakistani Super League T20 in UAE.
Last month, the former West Indies captain was fined for inappropriate conduct when he asked journalist Mel McLaughlin out for a drink and then said to her “don’t blush, baby” on the sidelines of the match on a live television interview.
Making fun of the January’s controversy, the 36-year-old told a former Australian cricketer Tom Moody not to blush in an interview during a Pakistan Super League match.
“Cheers Tom. Don’t blush, Tom,” Gayle said before bursting into laughter.
After proposing popular Australian sports reporter McLaughlin for a drink after the match, Gayle drew criticism and reprimanded by Australian Cricket officials.
“I get to see your eyes for the first time, it’s nice. Hopefully, we can win and go for a drink after. Don’t blush baby.”
McLaugh was visibly embarrassed and replied by saying “I’m not blushing”.
In the aftermath of the incident, McLaughlin told Channel 10 news she wanted to move on from hullabaloo.
“I wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I’m here,” the Kingston-born cricketer said on national television.
“I don’t really want to be the subject of such conversations, I like just going about my business and doing my job. (It’s) definitely, a good thing people are talking … you know, we want equality, we always want equality.
”I’ve always felt in my career I’ve felt nothing but respect.
“Of course, you don’t expect to get that answer (from Gayle).
“(It’s) a little bit disappointing .. because it just doesn’t happen normally.”
Following a flood of criticism on social media, the batsman apologized for his remark at a press conference at Melbourne airport.
“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.”
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