SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — The storm surrounding star cricketer Chris Gayle over an attempt to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV intensified Wednesday as new allegations about his behaviour towards women emerged.
More female journalists aired complaints against the West Indian after he was fined US$7,000 on Tuesday for his approach to Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin.
Gayle apologised and tried to brush off the exchange with McLaughlin as a harmless joke.
His team, the Melbourne Renegades, played down calls for sterner action and said their star signing would play again in the Big Bash League on Saturday.
But Fox Sports reporter Neroli Meadows branded the Jamaican a “creep”.
“He does this constantly,” she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “He’s a creep, he has creepy behaviour.”
She said Gayle came on to her during a 2011 interview saying, “Sorry, I was totally distracted by your pretty face — could you repeat the question?”
Nine News reporter Yvonne Sampson said Gayle had also asked her on a date after watching her carry out an interview.
“I had a notification via Twitter that Chris Gayle would like to take me out to dinner,” she said.
“I’d never met him. I think Chris Gayle is a known womaniser, and that’s a really awful word, but that’s what he is.”