Chris Gayle on song and in a mood, yet again! The flamboyant Caribbean big-hitter when revisiting his infamous interview with Channel Nine presenter Mel McLaughlin, makes an outrageous claim, according to him good-looking women should expect men to joke about them.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 36-year-old West Indies batsman, infamous for his witty attitude towards women, also suggested that McLaughlin came off looking much worse than he did.
Gayle grabbed the headlines and was severely criticized by majority of the cricketing fraternity during the fifth edition of Australia’s Big Bash League when he asked McLaughlin out for a drink during an interview.
He was subsequently slapped with a fine of $10,000 by the Melbourne Renegades franchise, who later decided not to retain him for next season. The West Indian, known for his colorful lifestyle, said the interviewer should have been aware that West Indian players love a joke or two.
“They knew the person they are interviewing,” he said. “They knew the person is like that. So it wasn’t any surprise to anyone. Not even the interviewer, Mel. She knew exactly how the West Indians are. It was just a joke. The players are laughing. They know I like to clown around. She knew it as well. She was laughing before the interview and saying: ‘Guys, stop it, stop laughing.’
“But you’re a woman in an environment with men. You’re good-looking. What do you expect? People are going to make jokes. I’ve seen people kiss the same Mel on live television. There are double standards. All the commentary guys found it amusing – but then someone whisper in their ears and everything was blown out of proportion.”
Gayle, who recently alleged that he was like a scapegoat in this whole sexism controversy, also like to maintain his stance that the whole issue was blown out of proportion. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion but she got more bad press than me. The public gave her the bad press. She was the one who looked bad – not me.
“If she was upset she would’ve said it. At no stage did she say she felt offended by me. Then they wanted an apology and she came on air and said: ‘He’s apologized – so let it go everybody.’ You could tell she had been forced to say those things. Trust me. She’s of West Indian background. She knows the culture.”
When questioned on how he would feel if his seven-week-old daughter was subject to similar treatment, Gayle looked cool and calm with his comment suggesting that everyone would have to prepare themselves to face such unexpected situations. “If you put yourself there you have to expect that,” he said. “You have to deal with it. Not all situations are going to be the best. You have to brace yourself. You have to be professional, yes, but expect the unexpected at all times.”
“It could happen to anybody. Anybody. It could happen again.”
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