The Chris Gayle Debacle

  • 1-22-2016

Over the last few days there has been a media frenzy about Chris Gayle's comment to a female reporter during a live interview in Australia. Making specific reference to his comments is not necessary as only those who live under a rock would not be aware.

Many times a reaction from the public  is based on time, place, situation and luck in some ways. Many other persons could have made the invittaion without a backlash. Maria Sharapova did soemthing similar during a press conference and there was no backlash. Maybe that was because she has never been called out on anything similar before, so she got the benefit of the doubt. Some will say it is because she is a white woman, Gayle being a black man. My take on it is that many times it is a matter of luck in that maybe Gayle could have done that even the following day without any repercussions. Probably this was because he was live on the air. Maybe he should have waited until the microphone was turned off, there could have been a chance that the female reporter would have accepted. Being live may have been the real issue.

On the other hand Gayle taking to social media to thrash those who lashed out at him, may not have been properly thought out. He should have taken the high road especially knowing that there was a likelihood that the backlash was because it was a live interview.

The woman who came forward shortly after that saying that Gayle exposed himslef to her when she went into his room as a service attendant  (hope I understood that correctly). If she was a service attendant why would she go into his room? Why would she just be coming forwrad now, coincidentally at this time? I would not give her claims any weight at all.

Anyway Mr Gayle, try and err on the side of caution next time.


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