Talented Jamaica and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will have to pay a hefty fine for comments he recently made during a live TV interview.
After scoring an impressive 41 runs from only 15 deliveries for his team – Melbourne Renegades to help them earn a victory over Hobart Hurricanes on Monday night, Gayle attempted to ask the reporter, Mel McLaughlin out on a date.
Following an outpouring of criticism from persons around the world, Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry released the following Club statement regarding Chris Gayle:
“The Melbourne Renegades have today fined Chris Gayle $10,000 following inappropriate remarks made during Monday night’s televised match against the Hobart Hurricanes on Network Ten.
Melbourne Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said:
“Chris’ comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful. There is simply no place for these type of comments at the Melbourne Renegades.
“The club would like to extend a formal apology to Mel McLaughlin. Mel is an outstanding sports presenter. 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. We would also like to formally apologise to our members, supporters and the wider public for offence caused. The club is based on values of respect towards every member of the community,” said Coventry.
“As a result of his comments, the Renegades have fined Chris $10,000 for inappropriate conduct. The club will subsequently donate this amount to the McGrath Foundation in recognition of Jane McGrath day today.”