Gayle suggested the incident was a simple joke that had been blown out of proportion.
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West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been fined AU$10,000 ($7,197) by the Melbourne Renegades Twenty20 team for asking an Australian TV reporter out on a date and directing personal comments at her during a televised pitchside interview.Gayle had just hit 41 from 15 balls to help the Renegades to victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in the nationally televised match in Tasmania when he was approached by Channel 10 reporter McLaughlin.Gayle, speaking to reporters on his return to Melbourne Tuesday, said he had not meant to be disrespectful or offensive to McLaughlin.Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the comments were a "pretty significant mis-hit" by Gayle and certainly no laughing matter.Gayle, a big draw for Twenty20 leagues around the world, earns around $250,000 for playing in the Big Bash League, according to media reports.
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