BBL 2015-16 January 5, 2016

Is Gayle the only one to blame for blushgate?

If cricket truly want to make a stand against sexism on and off the field, then cricket administrators and broadcasters need to do it properly

A lot has been made of Chris Gayle's comments towards Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin, with several commentators and writers criticising the batsman for his "disrespectful" remarks. However, Dennis Freedman, writing in his blog Dennis Does Cricket, looks at the other side of the coin and asks why the Melbourne Renegades even recruited Gayle, if they were fully aware of his flirtatious history.

So yes, Chris Gayle said something that was inappropriate, disrespectful and stupid….again. But the blame must also lie with others who knew that these risks existed and took them anyhow. If cricket truly want to make a stand against this type of thing, then cricket administrators and broadcasters need to do it properly. Be consistent. Don't allow people to push the boundary on this issue with words, comments or advertising.Because until that happens, you are only making a stand on the issue when it suits.Currently, events like the one that happened with Chris Gayle are avoidable risks that cricket and broadcasters are accepting.

Russell Jackson, writing for the Guardian, believes that Gayle's "creepy" proposition to McLaughlin was another harsh reminder of the fact that women are heavily outnumbered in a world full male entitlement and arrested development.

Sadly, Gayle is not a lone ranger. In the past couple of years I've watched greats of sport - men with OBEs and legions of fans - boldly and publicly sleaze on to female members of the media with no shame. It makes me wonder what they're like when the veneer of professionalism is removed altogether and they're operating out in society. Lock up your daughters? More like arm yourself with mace

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  • Ashok on January 12, 2016, 13:37 GMT

    This Chris Gayle comment or anyother such episode, whatever that might be - If we feel it is inappropriate and just ignore it or not voice our opinion against it, then I don't think there is any chance of achieving equality (in sports and also in the society in general).

  • Ka on January 11, 2016, 15:24 GMT

    What I don't understand is this. Agreed that it was inappropriate. No doubt. But if you hear the commentary, the commentators are laughing when Gayle does his bit. So why is there no action on them? Even at the end, I think its Mark Waugh who makes a very light hearted comment about Mel leaving with some very red cheeks. You want to make a statement pull up everyone....

  • ian on January 11, 2016, 11:51 GMT

    Posters from outside Australia, England and other functioning old democracies need to understand that the sexual mores that are perfectly okay in your country are bang out of order in those countries mentioned above. This is no small matter; it is totally unacceptable and has quite rightly been labelled 'boarderlne harassment.' You may not understand that, but just respect it all the same. (It would have been winked at once in those countries ... 50 years ago!)

  • Mann on January 11, 2016, 9:31 GMT

    Over reaction by all including chappell.

  • kgvenk5079052 on January 9, 2016, 12:43 GMT

    Yes , he should deported from Australia at the earliest his behaviour is not acceptable to any civilised society .

  • Tin on January 8, 2016, 8:43 GMT

    Chris remembers what happened to Mel during that Bravo interview couple of years ago where she actually blushed. He was being too considerate on her. That's why he must have said "don't blush baby". It's all good now.

  • Sumit on January 7, 2016, 10:37 GMT

    I'm surprised no one yet has taken the opportunity to blame the sliding moral standards on the rise of T20/IPL. If the BCCI had not unleashed the IPL evil, Gayle would've long retired and the world would have been safer for female presenters. But seriously...

    From its very beginning, T20 leagues have been a hypocritical lot. They talk of attracting female fans & family fun while adding cheerleaders as eye candy for beer guzzling lads. The whole idea was to invigorate a staid crowd into a fun party where ties & tongues were loosened with music, beer,cheerleaders,hyper commentary, franchisee events,all the razzmatazz. Remember WAGS in the Stanford lap?

    For laddish men like Gayle, the environment lulls them them into believing it's a cricket themed party for mingling with the pretty gals, not an atmosphere where office rules apply. Regrettable & predictable. This isn't an isolated incident in T20 leagues. But as it was caught 'live', broadcasters/admin had to take a PC stance.

  • Bob on January 7, 2016, 8:27 GMT

    I don't think what Chris did was right and I feel he should have had more respect for Mel, but please don't ban him for that. Mind you, he may not want to go back to Australia again anyway.

  • Woody on January 6, 2016, 15:34 GMT

    Who cares man seriously.

    Chris Gayle is a legend. Let the media come up with a proper story.

    He is Jamaican he is a cool cat women love him its not being sleazy he's just being himself just banter seriously.

  • Steve on January 5, 2016, 22:12 GMT

    What is the cricket world coming to regarding comments down under with chris Henry gayle

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