Gayle revisits infamous interview, claims McLaughlin came off looking worse

Chris Gayle, the flamboyant West Indies batsman, revisited his infamous interview with Channel Nine presenter Mel McLaughlin, audaciously claiming that good-looking women should expect men to joke around them. In an interview published on The Guardian, on Tuesday (June 14), the 36-year-old Jamaican, much-maligned for his disrespectful attitude towards women, also opined that McLaughlin came out of the furore looking much worse than he did.
Gayle earned the ire of a majority of the cricketing fraternity during the fifth season of Australia’s Big Bash League by asking McLaughlin out for a drink during an interview by the boundary ropes. He was fined by $10,000 by the Melbourne Renegades franchise, who subsequently opted not to retain him in their roster for the forthcoming season. The West Indian, known for his colourful lifestyle, said the interviewer ought to have known that West Indian players loved 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 claimed to have been victimised in this whole sexism controversy, maintained his stance that the whole issue had been 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 apologised – 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 quizzed on how he would feel if his seven-week-old daughter was subject to similar treatment, Gayle simply opined that everyone would have to brace themselves to encounter 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.”

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