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A buttu in a Benz ...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Look up the words 'Neanderthal' and 'boorish' and chances are you will find Chris Gayle's picture at both entries.

However, I am well aware that many Jamaicans can never find fault with their idols, especially of the sporting kind, so I expect that many of them will take me to task.

In addition, I have no doubt that the perennial apologists and the ones who espouse psycho-babble will also line up for a shot at me - but I don't care.

From where I sit, Chris Gaye has let down a whole nation of males with his clumsy, obviously unwanted and totally inappropriate and lurid behaviour.

But I guess we had this coming. Mr Gayle, in my opinion, has been having his own way in the cricket arena for a long time, with obviously no one able, or prepared, to stand up to him and show him the reality of a connected world.

There is no doubt that Mr Gayle is a very rich young man and no one should envy him even one penny, because he has earned his wealth using his God-given talent and through many sacrifices.

But money does not equal class, nor does it remove the obligation for civilised behaviour.

As the late Rex Nettleford famously said: "A buttu in a Benz is still a buttu."


St Mary