Chris Gayle of the Melbourne Renegades gives a TV interview to Mel Mclaughlin during the Big Bash League match at Blundstone Arena on Jan. 4, 2016, in Hobart, Australia
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By Mark Rivett-Carnac
January 6, 2016

The top international cricketer who propositioned a reporter during a live TV interview may have apologized, but that did not stop him from appearing to mock the $7,200 fine he received for his sexist comments.

“Pockets are empty,” Jamaican-born sports star Chris Gayle wrote in an Instagram post with fellow West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo on Tuesday. “[Bravo] paying the dinner bill tonight.” In the picture, Gayle also wore — none too subtly — a T-shirt bearing the slogan “$EXSELL$.”

The controversy unfolded on Monday when Gayle interrupted an Australian league match interview with Ten Network presenter Mel McLaughlin to tell her: “To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can win this game and have a drink after.” He added, as she grew visibly uncomfortable, “Don’t blush baby.”

Later that day, the onetime West Indies captain dismissed his on-air remarks as harmless, telling reporters, “There wasn’t anything meant to be disrespectful or offensive to Mel. If she felt that way, I’m really sorry for that.”

Write to Mark Rivett-Carnac at mark.rivett-carnac@timeasia.com.

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