Chris Gayle has finished his duties in the Big Bash League with his team, the Melbourne Renegades, missing the finals. But the big Jamaican has had one last very defiant swat on Instagram at those he felt condemned him too harshly for his conduct in the infamous interview with broadcaster Mel McLaughlin.
On January 4, Gayle was interviewed by McLaughlin after being dismissed against the Hobart Hurricanes. He used the interview to make a very public pass at the Channel Ten reporter and anchor, saying "Hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after," before telling a clearly embarrassed McLaughlin "Don't blush, baby".
Gayle was widely criticised for the interview and Channel Ten issued a swift apology.
But Gayle has never accepted that he overstepped the mark and has remained defiant in the two weeks since the incident. Today's rant is further evidence of this.
If anything, Gayle's macho swagger just went up another notch. The first line of his Instagram post, beside a picture of himself, read: "My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in the picture."
Having established that he rates himself very highly indeed, Gayle proceeded to take potshots at those he doesn't quite elevate to the same dizzying heights of humanity.
He didn't name them, but there were clear potshots at former England cricketer and Ten Big Bash commentator Freddie Flintoff (who condemned Gayle on Twitter), former Australian opener and ABC broadcaster Chris Rogers (who condemned both this incident and Gayle's past conduct on ABC radio) and others:
"The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris - Y'all can kiss my 'Black Rass'."
Gayle also claimed he would be back in Australia, even though it is widely rumoured that Big Bash management may prevent him from playing next season.
While some members of the Australian public have supported Gayle, claiming he was just having a bit of fun, this whole issue has been about the dignity of women in the workplace -- and the failure of men like Gayle to respect that dignity.
Female journalists have repeatedly said that it's not for the likes of Gayle to decide what sort of conduct is acceptable. Today's rant suggests Gayle still hasn't got that message.
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(My idol & the person who I look up to and also want to be like when growing up as a kid is in the picture)Thank you Renegades and the entire Australia for the love & support!! Ppl think I may have played my last innings in Aus but my memory with the fans will live on forever!! I build leagues around the world and Big Bash is one of them 😉. 'Give the ppl what they want '. Thank You Kunal 'Gold Bat' Sharma, you're an absolutely legend!! Piers Morgan, Thank you for your support champion! Thank you to the entire Crown and Olsen staff for the hospitality 🙌🏾🙌🏾🍾🎉 I had a blast, Thanks Ross!👍🏿 The real ppl who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You! To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more 🙌🏾. I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could've have there say In the public when my so call issue was going on, but y'all don't have the BALLs to stand firm when it matters - but yet when u see me you're like, Chris that's BS against you, it was blown out of proportion 😏 smh...don't tell me, tell the media and public! The past cricketer who say I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behavior from Chris - Y'all can kiss my 'Black Rass' I love Australia and I will be back again even for the 🍺🍺🍺 oi oi 😄🙏🏿. Don't forget to check out the song #WeHeroes 💃🏻😄. #UniverseBoss