CPL defends Chris Gayle over ‘sexist’ exchange with reporter

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CPL defends Chris Gayle over ‘sexist’ exchange with reporter
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KINGSTON, Jamaica – What the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) describes as a friendly between Jamaica Tallawahs Captain, Chris Gayle and a female reporter has been condemned as ‘sexist’ by a women’s rights group in Antigua.

The Antigua Observer reports that Gayle made the somewhat controversial comment when the reporter asked, “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather?”

His response, “Well I haven’t touched yours yet so I don’t know how it feels.”

Seemingly unperturbed by the comment, the woman laughed uncontrollably the Antigua Observer mentioned. Gayle continued the exchange and complimenting the woman, said “I like your smile; that’s nice.”

The report continued to say that someone at the head table whispered to Gayle “stick to cricket” and “press conference, please” at that point.

In an email later, the CPL spokesperson defended Gayle’s action. “Chris is excited for the tournament and was having a laugh with a journalist, who had a laugh back; there was no malice intended.

“The lady in question had a jovial goodbye chat with him and we don’t believe this was the action of someone who was offended,” the spokesperson added.

However, according to the Antigua Observer, gender equity advocate and head of Women Against Rape (WAR) Alexandrina Wong lashed out at both the CPL for their response to the situation and Gayle for making the “sexist” remarks.

Wong argued that, “What it’s implying is one person’s power over another in the use of the language and so we can either say it’s sexist and hegemonic.”

She continued to say that the response from the local reporter “indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy.

“She obviously doesn’t know her right when it comes to agency of body so that she can identify certain types of language, how they allude to her biology and what its saying about her as a person,” Wong said.

Meanwhile Wong has called on Gayle to offer a public apology and added “CPL should demand it from him because as senior officials they ought to know and to behave better when it comes to gender equality,” the Antigua Observer said.

Gayle’s comments were made at a news conference at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds ahead of the Jamaica Tallawahs taking on the home team, Antigua Hawksbills on Thursday.

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  1. there is a time and place for that a lot of u see nothing in that u all forget the world is watching he lucky he did not say that in the uk

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  2. what a shame u or we men need to respect wemen we Caribbean people need to be better than that

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  3. Wow, she doesn't even see that he thinks nothing of her. Nothing but a piece of meat. He has no respect. That's the general tone when it comes to women in journalism, specifically sports journalists. It's not only in the Caribbean. It's a huge problem. Deal with him accordingly. That was so low class and unprofessional for both of them.

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  4. I'm very disappointed that the CPL has chosen to defend Chris Gayle who exhibited such disrespect for the young reporter, and females in general, especially in as such a public forum as a news conference. I think Ms. Wong was Right! But she should also educate the young woman about "her right to autonomy." The men who agree with Chris Gayle, just imagine your wives or daughters going to work and being disrespected in that way.

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  5. There is a time and place for everything. This was not the place nor the time to flirt. He as captain and the CPL should set better examples for the younger ones. If it is not punished it will set a negative precident. In this time when there is so little discipline and so much lawlessness in society, we cannot allow this behavior to foster. Remember, the world is watching.

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  6. I think Wong disrespected the female reporter by sayin "she indicates that she obviously doesn’t know her right to autonomy"

    like wtf

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  7. Two consenting adults flirting for the general public. Deal with your erection in private...Whatever the reporter chose to do with him after the interview is her business not ours however Ms Wong is Right. Make a damn example out of this man. Make an example for all of us who must continuosly be offended by these inconsiderate pigs who claim to be 'joking'. I don't care about the woman who wants to spread her legs, but for the ones to whom these comments are not welcomed!

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    • Helloooo AB ... are you for real??! YOU of all persons finds someone's comments offensive? well well well ... I have read many of your postings and I'm always flabbergasted and dumbfounded as to how raw and insulting you are. And trust me I'm am been very conservative with my assessment of you! People like YOU who live in glass houses should be very very careful how you throw your stones.

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      • You tend to read too much in what I post.
        Sometimes, I speak in a passionate tone and it resonates from comments.
        Therefore, I can only respect your thought-process assessment of my comments and move on.

        Thanks for being a "Huge Fan" and follower of my many comments on this website.

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  8. Very insulting comment.
    And I've always stated that most women support alot of bad behaviour from us men.

    Why would laughed at such a statement.
    And what kind of a sportsman is Chris Gayle?

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  9. Smh maybe wong is upset because he wanted to be the one or he wants her and scared that gayle might get the chance before him

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  10. "Alexandrina Wong lashed out at both the CPL for their response to the situation and Gayle for making the “sexist” remarks."
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    Wong, an ugly Chinese who doesn't get attention, is trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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  11. When you work with the media u can't take everything so literal.. as far as I'm concern he hasn't said anything bad to her.. if he hasn't played on her pitch meaning that it's the trini pitch what's wrong with that...

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  12. What shat is that it is a man duty to make a pass at a woman and its up to her to deal with it as she please why does someone else have to take it up

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