Is The Way This Cricketer Flirted With A Reporter Okay?
As women, often it can be difficult to establish ourselves in sporting arenas that are clearly male dominated.
However, with perseverance, and sports like cricket and the Big Bash League looking to expand their audience by focusing on women and children, we have made some incredible progress.
One of the brightest, most in-the-know female reporters of the now is Mel Mclaughlin, who’s knowledge of cricket surpasses even some of the longest-serving commentators.
So last night, when she was interviewing Melbourne Renegades player Chris Gayle about the game, something about the chat just didn’t sit right with everyone.
According to a report on news.com.au, social media was sent into meltdown when Gayle openly flirted with McLaughlin during his on-field interview.
“I wanted to have an interview with you as well, that’s why I’m here,” Gayle said live on national television.
“I get to see your eyes for the first time, it’s nice. Hopefully we can win and go for a drink after.
“Don’t blush baby.”
Mel, who was clearly uncomfortable, managed to avert the attention, finish the interview with class, before Ten’s Mark Howard classed Gayle’s remarks as inappropriate.
Big Bash League boss Anthony Everard has said: “[There’s] just no place in the BBL or, for that matter, cricket anywhere, for that sort of behaviour” and that he would “certainly” be talking to Gayle.
“There is just no place for that sort of behaviour. The Melbourne Renegades club is all about its appeal to kids, families and females,” he said.
Melbourne Renegades captain Aaaron Finch said that all parties involved had addressed the matter and that Gayle had apologised to McLaughlin.
The incident has overshadowed his sterling performance.