West Indian cricket captain Chris Gayle has been fined $10,000 by his club, the Melbourne Renegades, after making sexist comments to journalist Mel McLoughlin live on Australian television. In a post-game interview on Monday, the cricketer complimented McLoughlin on her eyes, and then laughingly told her, “I hope we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby!” The inappropriate comment immediately sparked outrage and his club issued a formal apology along with and the imposing fine on Gayle. The money will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer charity. At a press conference, James Sutherland, the CEO of Cricket Australia, said the comments were a “pretty significant mis-hit” and condemned them as bordering on harassment. Gayle himself also officially apologized for his behavior, but told reporters he felt his comments were blown out of proportion, saying “There wasn’t anything meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel. If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that. There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way. It was a simple joke. The game was going on. Entertainment, things get out of proportion but these things happen.” McLaughlin herself said she was “disappointed” in Gayle but says she accepted his apology and just wants to move on now.
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