Chris Gayle is facing the heat for asking a female reporter out on a date in a tv interview during course of a match © Getty Images
Chris Gayle is facing the heat for asking a female reporter out on a date in a tv interview during course of a match © Getty Images

Chris Gayle‘s on-air interview with Mel McLaughlin has attracted become a topic of global controversy with some labelling his behaviour as sexist and demeaning to the female journalist. But according to the big Jamaican it was just a simple joke that has been blown out of proportion. He went on to say that he did not mean to hurt or demean anyone and that he was sorry if his interview left McLaughlin with negative emotions. Gayle had told the TV presenter on air that he had played nicely so that he could get interviewed by her and see her ‘beautiful eyes’ and ask her out on a date. ALSO READ: COMPLETE COVERAGE: Chris Gayle sexist remark to Australian journalist controversy

“A lot of things have flared up from a simple comment, a joke, a simple joke on air and it seemed to went out of proportion,” Gayle said as reported by cricket.com.au. “There wasn’t anything at all meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel and if she felt that way I’m really sorry for that,” the powerful hitter added. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle labelled ‘creep’ and ‘repeat offender’ by female journalist Neroli Meadows

“There wasn’t any harm meant in that particular way to any particular person like that. It was a simple joke, the game was going on. Entertainment, things get out of proportion but these things do happen. There wasn’t any harm done, I’ll leave it at that. I’m sorry for that, we’ll have to move on,” Gayle said. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle slammed by BBL, Cricket Australia over ‘inappropriate comments’ to television presenter

Gayle has been slammed world over by female journalists and by others including commentator Andrew Flintoff, the Cricket Australia and BBL authorities. Some have brushed off the incident as a joke but most have lambasted Gayle for his comments.