Ten Backtracks After Calling Chris Gayle’s Douchebro Crack-On “Smooth”

So ICYMI, last night cricketer Chris Gayle gave a solidly douchebro interview to Channel 10 sports journo and anchor Mel McLaughlin after hitting 41 from 15 balls during the Big Bash game, telling her:

“I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time.

“Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.”

“Don’t blush baby.” 

In the initial aftermath, whoever was managing the TEN Sport Twitter account clearly thought the whole thing was a bit of laugh – you know, “Look at the cheeky devil, having a crack in the middle of an interview, huehuehue” kinda thing – because they fired off this (now deleted) tweet:

(h/t @MarkDiStef)

But since then, both Network Ten and the Big Bash League have distanced themselves from the comments, with Ten’s Mark “Howie” Howard issuing a live apology and assuring viewers that no such comments would be made in the future, and BBL’s head Anthony Everard calling Gayle’s comments “disrespectful and simply inappropriate.”

Melbourne Renegades team skipper Aaron Finch said after the game that Chris had apologised to Mel, and that “as an organisation we don’t condone it. Between Chris and everyone else, they’ve addressed it… he’s apologised.”

Which is all well and good, but we leave you with this:
In typical fashion whenever sexism is called out, cries of HOLY SHIT YOU PC-FUCKS, WHY DO YOU GET SO OUTRAGED AT EVERYTHING, CAN’T YOU SEE IT WAS A JOKE, CAN’T SHE TAKE A COMPLIMENT, HE WAS BEING NICE AND OFFERING TO TAKE HER TO DINNER, IT’S NOT SEXIST were echoed round the internet chamber, none more so than walking sludge pile Piers Morgan:

And right now, that’s the only public comment Chris had made about the incidents thus far: 

Here’s that interview again: