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MVP boss Bruce James says Gayle's comments not sexist, sexual harassment

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 1:08 AMRobert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Gayle ... To see your eyes for the first time is nice. That's one of the reasons I am here. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush, baby."

President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James says he doesn't believe the recent controversial comments by West Indies opener Chris Gayle to a female television reporter were sexist or amounted to sexual harassment.

"Based on the clear, clear definition of sexism and sexual harassment his comments don't seem to fall in either of those," James told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre.

However James believes Gayle's comments were inappropriate.

 

President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James

After scoring 41 runs from 15 deliveries for the Melbourne Renegades in a win over the Hobart Hurricanes in Australia, the former Windies captain suggested to reporter Mel McLaughlin that they go out for a drink and made remarks about her appearance.

"To see your eyes for the first time is nice. That's one of the reasons I am here. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush, baby," Gayle said.

Yesterday several commentators were reported as saying Gayle's comment amounted to sexual harassment. 

READ: It's sexual harassment - Proposed law frowns on Gayle-like conduct

The Jamaican cricketer who has been fined US$7200 by the Renegades for the comments, has since apologised.

READ: 'I'm really sorry for that', says Chris Gayle

In the meantime, the veteran James says his athletes are trained not to divert during interviews.

 

President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James

"Our athletes in interviews generally only refer to the sport and the event that they are being interviewed on generally. They generally do not speak outside of the sport or the event specifically," said James. "That's the guidance we give them."