MELBOURNE – West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle today took to the popular social media platform Instagram to critics and those in the media calling for his banishment from cricket
Gayle, who became an international talking point after being accused of making sexist comments to a female Australian reporter during a live, televised interview, thanked the fans who supported him but lashed out at the media and cricketing colleagues, who he said failed to come to his rescue during the well publicised backlash.
Gayle made the post early this morning on his official account ‘chrisgayle333’ accompanied by a photo of him raising a bat.
“Thank you Renegades and the entire Australia for the love & support!! Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus but my memory with the fans will live on forever!! I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them. ‘Give the ppl what they want…” He said.
Gayle continued: “… The real ppl who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You! To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more. I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve have there say in the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters – but yet when u see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion smh…don’t tell me, tell the media and public!” The post continued before making reference to former England Test cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who was employed as a commentator for Network 10 and who criticized Gayle after the incident.
“The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris – Y’all can kiss my ‘Black R#@*’ I love Australia and I will be back again even for the
Gayle, who set a record smashing a half-century from a mere 12 balls as the Melbourne Renegades’ season ended, was fined $10,000 (Australian) after his interview with Network Ten sports reporter Mel McLaughlin for making the “inappropriate remarks.”
Ironically, today McLaughlin came under the scanner of social media for her comments made during a panel discussion on the Big Bash.
McLaughlin who sat with former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen, mistakenly referred to Waugh as Damien Fleming.
She subsequently tried to do damage control for her error by telling Waugh. “I will buy you a drink.” Many on social media today queried what was the difference between Gayle’s invitation to her and hers to Waugh, and questioned whether her invitation would result in a fine as well.