Chris Gayle not alone, sexism not new to international sport

  • Vinayak Padmadeo, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 25, 2016 16:48 IST
Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore sparked outrage after he said that women’s tennis “rides on the coat-tails” of the men. (AFP)

Chris Gayle’s latest misdemeanour has cost him a fat contract with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League in the wake of his ‘big bat’ comment. The sexism row in sports has been raging on for years now. We take a look at some of the controversies caused when men just didn’t know how to keep some things to themselves:

Universal Boss, repeat offender

The ‘Universal Boss’, Chris Gayle was slammed in January for asking Channel 10 presenter Mel McLaughlin out on a date during live broadcast during a Big Bash Game in January. “I wanted to see your eyes for the first time, hopefully we can win this game and then we can have a drink after as well. Don’t blush, baby,” said Gayle. He was fined $10,000 for this indecent proposal. He later called it “a joke”. And just to put his point across as to how he felt about the whole episode, he named his new-born daughter with partner Natasha Berridge, Blush.

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British cycling rocked by harassment claims

Early this year, British cyclist Jess Varnish alleged that the team’s technical director Shane Sutton told her to ‘just move on and get on with having a baby’ after she was dropped from the Olympic podium programme. Sutton resigned within days of more harassment allegations.

‘She throws like a girl’

BBC presenter and Olympic decathlon legend Daley Thompson sparked furore during last year athletics World Championships when he quipped, “Not to sound derogatory, but she throws like a girl,” after heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thomson had finished with her throw. Thomson was quickly put down by Paula Radcliffe and others for his not-so-manly comments.

Muirfield Golf Club shuts out women

Muirfield Golf Club lost its right to hold the oldest major championship in the world, The British Open, after its members decided to continue its long-standing ban on female members. Former Ryder Cup captain and now a veteran BBC golf commentator, Peter Alliss fanned the already charged atmosphere by saying: “The women who are there as wives of husbands, they get all the facilities. If somebody wants to join, well, you’d better get married to somebody who’s a member.”Aliss is not new to controversy. He once called Tiger Woods as “not a handsome Adonis all in white”. Last year he was criticised after he said that American golfer Zach Johnson’s wife would spend his prize money on a new kitchen.

‘Women’s tennis rides on the coat-tails of men’

Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore sparked outrage after he said that women’s tennis “rides on the coat-tails” of the men. Serena Williams lead a number of famous faces, including Martina Navratilova to counter Moore’s sexist remarks. “Obviously, I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that. I think Venus (Williams), myself, a number of players have been — if I could tell you every day how many people say they don’t watch tennis unless they’re watching myself or my sister, I couldn’t even bring up that number. So I don’t think that is a very accurate statement. I think there is a lot of women out there who are more … are very exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men out there who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways. I think those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate,” Serena said. Navratilova said: “We have made it this far on our own, without help from male players, and will continue to do so in the future.”

‘Fat pigs’

“Eighty percent of the women are lazy, fat pigs and don`t deserve to play on the show courts at Wimbledon.” That was Richard Krajicek’s response when he was asked about the equal pay debate in 1992. When he was later quizzed about this comment, he brought the number down to 75%. Years later he apologized.

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