Gayle fined by Cricket Australia for his comments to a reporter
THERE is a time and a place for flirting and on Monday night Chris Gayle chose the wrong time.
For those who missed the Big Bash match, Chris Gayle tried to flirt with Mel McLaughlin after getting out for 41 from just 15 deliveries in the Melbourne Renegades’ five-wicket win over Hobart.
Attempting to win over the Network 10 commentator, Gayle said: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here.”
He added he was hoping to have a drink with her later and told her “don’t blush baby” after she was taken aback by his comments.
Since the comments plenty of people have come out and supported both Gayle and McLaughlin.
Even posters on Facebook have had their say, with most coming out in support of Gayle and saying it was harmless fun.
Unfortunately for the Big Bash and the broadcaster, this isn’t being viewed that way.
Cricket Australia handed Gayle a $10,000 fine, with the network also standing up for its employee.
Since the incident McLaughlin has gone into hiding with no posts on social media despite using Twitter every day since the tournament began last month.
While I don’t condemn flirting, and trying to chat up the opposite sex in the right way, I do have a problem with it when someone is trying to do their job.
She was harassed by the West Indian opener and clearly showed she didn’t approve of it with her body language when he started commenting.
Gayle then continued to flirt in the same way until McLaughlin concluded the interview.
For people who think it was harmless fun, consider this. McLaughlin was made uncomfortable and it put her in a position she didn’t want to be in.
In any workplace environment you don’t expect to be put in those positions and McLaughlin didn’t deserve what she copped on Monday night.
Being a female sports journalist in the industry is tough. I know that because I went to university and worked closely with a few.
Most are knowledgeable in sports and understand the field just as well as their male colleagues.
Unfortunately though they are subjected to all kinds of gender comments purely for the fact they are females trying to make waves in an industry that for the most part is male dominated.
Scenarios like Monday night’s are not going to help and that is sad.
All journalists should be able to do their job, and all should have an equal opportunity to perform well, without being subjected to flirting and comments about their gender.
This whole situation is also sad because it detracts from what has been a wonderful Big Bash tournament.
It also takes away the gloss of what Chris Gayle does on the cricket field.
As he showed on Monday night he is a player who can bring fans to the game.
Unfortunately he ruined the spectacle with his immature comments.
While his apology and fine were great, more needs to be done to prevent it happening again.
All journalists should feel comfortable in their job and on Monday night that was broken.
If you want to flirt, and make immature comments, find a better place to do it or don’t say it at all.
In any workplace environment you don’t expect to be put in those positions and McLaughlin didn’t deserve what she copped.