SYDNEY: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 (USD 7,197) by the Melbourne Renegades Twenty20 team for asking an Australian TV reporter out on a date and directing personal comments at her during a televised pitchside interview.
Gayle had earlier suggested Monday’s incident was a “simple joke” that had been “blown out of proportion” but the Renegades acted after widespread condemnation of the incident.
“Chris’s comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful. There is simply no place for these type of comments at the Melbourne Renegades,” Chief Executive Stuart Coventry said in a team statement.
“The club would like to extend a formal apology to Mel McLaughlin. We think of her very highly and the club and players will ensure we work with her in a professional and respectful manner in future.
“We’ve had several discussions with Chris over the past day and he has acknowledged that his comments were out of line.”