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Gayle hit with fresh indecent allegation

Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Jan 2016, 9:12pm

Gayle hit with fresh indecent allegation

Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Tue, 5 Jan 2016, 9:12pm

Controversial cricketer Chris Gayle has been hit with a fresh allegation of indecent conduct.

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that Chris Gayle exposed himself to a woman who was working with the West Indian squad at the Cricket World Cup.

It is alleged that she entered the changing room thinking the players were outside training, instead finding Gayle and another player inside. Gayle allegedly partially revealed his genitals and made suggestive remarks. 

Earlier today, Chris Gayle was slapped with a $10,000 fine from Melbourne Renegades over his comments to Channel Ten's Mel McLaughlin but won't face any further action from Cricket Australia over the incident.

MORE: Chris Gayle scolded for 'disrespectful' remarks

On Tuesday, Gayle described his attempt to flirt with McLaughlin during a sideline interview as "a simple joke" that had been blown out of proportion and apologised for any offence caused.

However, the West Indian's comments drew widespread condemnation as sexist and inappropriate, prompting Renegades' chief executive Stuart Coventry to offer McLaughlin an unreserved apology.

Chris Gayle has been called disrespectful for asking Mel McLaughlin for a drink, and then telling her not to blush as she conducted an on-field interview.

Newstalk ZB Radio Sport editor Rikki Swannell said there's one person comes out of this looking a bit silly, and that's Chris Gayle.

She said Mel McLaughlin has been around a long time - she's not on TV because she's a young, pretty face, she's a very experienced reporter.

"You could see straight away that she was not buying into it and so his absolute lack of awareness of that situation I think probably points back to him a little bit more."

Swannell said it's frustrating for the many women in the sport-reporting industry who are doing a damn fine job. She said incidents like this take the conversation away from what's actually relevant.

"This is what we are discussing now. We're not discussing the great job, we're not discussing the great competition, all of those things. I'm sure Mel McLaughlin just wanted to go to work and do her job like anybody else." 

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