Chris Gayle has apologized for comments he made during a live television interview in Australia. The former West Indies cricket captain said to journalist Mel McLaughlin "I hope we can have a drink after. Don't blush baby." He has since been fined $7,100 for inappropriate conduct by his club, the Melbourne Renegades, with plays in Australia's Big Bash League.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland was been quick to condemn Gayle, reminding the batsman of his responsibilities and commenting that "it's not a nightclub."
McLaughlin, meanwhile, said she wishes to "move on" from the incident. "It's definitely a good thing people are talking," she told Channel 10 News. "We want equality. We always want equality."
Gayle isn't the first sporting figure to be criticized for on-air remarks. Tennis commentator John Inverdale sparked outrage in 2013 when he remarked that Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker," just moments after she had lifted the coveted Wimbledon title.
In 2011, Sky Sports duo Richard Keys and Andy Gray were removed from their positions after their remarks concerning soccer official Sian Massey. The long-serving presenters were also caught criticizing West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady. Former England captain Rio Ferdinand labeled their comments "prehistoric," while Brady said their attitudes made her "blood boil."