‘Think before you open your mouth’, Geoff Lawson’s advice to Chris Gayle

Prince Singh / 30 May 2016

Former Australian pacer Geoff Lawson has blasted West Indian batsman Chris Gayle for his sexist remarks  he made to Australian broadcaster Mel McLaughlin during this year’s Big Bash League. The explosive batsman was fined $10,000 for his now infamous ‘don’t blush, baby’ pitchside interview with Mel McLaughlin.
Gayle, who is known for his big-hitting in all formats of cricket including a record 17 centuries in T20, later claimed the comments were a joke. However, Lawson said that the comments made by the star batsman were completely inappropriate.

“I agree with Chris when he says, ‘That’s how we behave in Jamaica. It’s no big deal in Jamaica.’ But you’re not in Jamaica, so you’re going to have to have to think before you open your mouth. That applies to Australians in India and Indians in Australia.

“I don’t think what Chris has done is a major offence, but it shouldn’t have been done. It’s not a big deal, but it’s a big enough deal,” Lawson told reporters on Saturday.

In the pitchside interview, Gayle told an embarrassed McLaughlin, “I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully, we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby.”

Gayle again faced sexism allegation during this IPL when he boasted about his “very, very big bat” and asked The Times journalist Charlotte Edwards if she had ever had a threesome.
“You’ve got to be sensitive to the culture of the country you’re playing in. If I go to Pakistan or India as a coach, I’ve got to be careful with what I do and say according to their culture. You just got to understand that you’re in different circumstances. This is true for everybody, not just Chris. It’s just a matter of knowing the culture and learning how to behave,” added Lawson, who is in Mumbai for a short training camp for young cricketers at Payyade Cricket Club.

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