Wednesday 23 May 2018

Cricketer Chris Gayle accused of sexism after asking presenter out during live interview

Simon Rice

Cricket player Chris Gayle has drawn criticism after asking a female reporter for a drink before telling her "don't blush baby" during a live interview, although some have defended the West Indian's advances.

Gayle had just been dismissed whilst playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Big Bash League when he was interviewed by Channel Ten presenter Mel McLaughlin.

Whilst being questioned about his 41 run innings, Gayle asked McLaughlin out for a drink. The 36-year-old batsman then awkwardly laughed off the comment and told McLaughlin "don't blush baby".

McLaughlin replied by telling Gayle "I'm not blushing" before moving the interview back onto cricketing matters.

Gayle's comments were quickly criticised by many on Twitter, with former England captain Andrew Flintoff among them.

(© Independent News Service)

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