ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is standing behind Jamaica Tallawahs Captain, Chris Gayle, despite public outrage over controversial comments he made to a female reporter in Antigua on Wednesday.
In a news release, the CPL said, “We note the comments of members of the public and the media, and while we are sure that Chris’ comments were mere pre-match hijinks and made with no malice intended, we regret if anyone was offended by them as that was surely not the intention.”
Members of the public, talk show hosts and advocacy groups are calling on Gayle to apologise.
The Professional Organisation for Women in Antigua (POWA) was among those who condemned the so called sexist statements by the Jamaica Tallawahs captain.
D Gisele Isaac-Arrindell of POWA said the controversial comments were inappropriate and crude, and Gayle should apologise immediately.
“I think he owes the reporter an apology. I think he owes the public an apology. He’s a representative of his team, and I would imagine his nation, and I think the comments were totally, totally inappropriate. Totally uncalled for. I think they were highly sexual, highly suggestive. Not even suggestive, I think they were crude,” she said.
The question from the female reporter was, “How does this pitch feel so far?” and Gayle’s response was, “I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”
The situation garnered heated feedback from the public Thursday morning on OBSERVER Radio.
The CPL’s response in the news release also stated 40 per cent of their fan base is female. The organisation also stated that Gayle is “without doubt the brightest star of the game.”
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