McLaughlin keen to move on after Gayle apology


After Chris Gayle issued an apology for his controversial post-match interview in the Big Bash on Monday, Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin is keen to move on.

Gayle's comments to McLaughlin after his innings for Melbourne Renegades in their five-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes on Monday prompted widespread criticism, and saw him condemned by Big Bash bosses.

After smashing 41 off just 15 balls, the explosive opening batsman said: "Hopefully we can win this game and you and I can have a drink after. Don't blush baby."

Gayle was subsequently fined by the Renegades and made a public apology to McLaughlin on his return to Melbourne, insisting it was a "simple joke".

McLaughlin has accepted the apology and now hopes to put the whole incident behind her.

"I'm a little bit uncomfortable," she said. "I'm not really used to being in the centre of any sort of story and this one certainly escalated, but I'm okay. 

"It was certainly unexpected. It was obviously a little disappointing because he had done so well out there with the bat. I was really excited to talk to him about that. 

"I would have much preferred to be talking about that instead.

"I've not spoken to him [Gayle] personally, but I flew home from Hobart earlier today and at Melbourne Airport I know he issued an apology.

"I accept that and I just want to move on."