Beleaguered West Indian power hitter, Chris Gayle will be taking legal action against Fairfax Media for defamation after the Australian media company published allegations that he exposed himself to a woman who was working around the West Indies team during the ICC 2015 World Cup tournament in Sydney.
Gayle issued a statement today saying that “Fairfax Media continues to publish the false and defamatory allegations which have received widespread republication in media throughout the world”. He added that he had retained the services of high profile media lawyer Mark O’Brien to “immediately commence defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media”.
The West Indian may never play in the Big Bash League (BBL) again as it was reported that Cricket Australia may block any club from signing the star player if an investigation substantiates the claims of the allegation.
These allegations came to light after the incident where Gayle appeared to flirt with reporter Mel McLaughlin during a live interview at his teams BBL match on Monday night.
Meanwhile, fans are showing increased support for Gayle with the use of the hash tag #StandByGayle in all mediums. A group of fans who attended Wednesday nights BBL match between the Melbourne Stars and the Bobart Hurricanes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, had their #StandByGayle signs confiscated after they refused to put them away.