‘I’m really sorry for that’, says Chris Gayle
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
Under-fire Chris Gayle has apologised for comments made to a female reporter during a live television interview in Australia.
Gayle has described his comments to Network Ten's Mel McLaughlin as "a simple joke", saying his intention was not to disrespect her.
The flamboyant West Indies cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), has been fined AUS$10,000 (US$7,200) by the franchise.
"If she felt that way, I'm really sorry for that. There wasn't any harm meant in that particular way, to harm any particular person in any particular way like that," Gayle told reporters at Melbourne Airport after touching down with his teammates.
"It was a simple joke ... . I don't know how it reached this far, to be honest. It is one of those things."
During the interview with McLaughlin after his explosive 41, Gayle said: "Hopefully, we can win and go for a drink after. Don't blush, baby."
His comments have been heavily criticised, with the BBL blasting them as "disrespectful and simply inappropriate".
Gayle said he has been unsuccessful in his efforts to contact McLaughlin to apologise to her.
"It seemed to be blown out of proportion. There wasn't anything at all meant to be disrespectful to Mel. It was a simple comment, a simple joke," he insisted.
"No, I didn't get a chance to. I tried to reach out to her last night, but it didn't happen."