Chris Gayle claiming to have a 'very, very big bat' upsets another female journalist
Just months after being fined for making inappropriate comments at a female reporter on live television, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is facing fresh sexism allegations.
The batsman allegedly asked journalist Charlotte Edwardes how many black men she had slept with and bragged about having a "big bat".
According to the interview published by The Times Magazine on May 21, Gayle claimed to have “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” before adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.”
Edwardes also claimed that Gayle asked how many black men she has “had” before inquiring as to whether she has ever had a “t’eesome”.
He then asks Edwardes if she dyes her hair while flicking his eyes downwards, according to her account of the exchange.
Later on in the interview he appeared to change his tone while praising Jamaican women.
The 36-year-old said: “women should have equality and they do have equality. They have more than equality. Women can do what they want. Jamaican women are very vocal. They will let you know what time is it, for sure.”
Edwardes continued to quiz the athlete on his views on the division of labour, when asked about sharing domestic duties such as cooking and looking after a baby and he responded: “No, that OK. [With a baby] then she doesn’t have to [cook]. We can stop and buy a meal. If she’s working, then the couple share. First person home, cooks.”
But, he did make clear that he believes women should “please their man”.
“When he comes home, food is on the table. Serious. You ask your husband what he likes and then you make it,” said Gayle.
Gayle was widely condemned at the start of the year for asking Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin out on a date on live television when playing in Australia’s Big Bash League, saying: “Your eyes are beautiful, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby.”
His employers Melbourne Renegades fined the sportsman £5000 for his behaviour.