West Indies Chris Gayle is scared of being around women in public after stories surfaced alleging that he exposed himself to a female massage therapist in a Sydney dressing room.
Jamaican-born cricket coach Donovan Miller, who is now based in the English county of Essex, told the New South Wales Supreme Court that he had known Gayle for more than 22 years now and had become close to him because of his work with the Chris Gayle Foundation.
“He always feels someone is out to get him…You can see the incident has affected him. When you look in his eyes..
‘You can see the incident has affected him,’ Miller said.
‘When you look in his eyes you can see he is really hurting about it.
Gayle has decided to sue Fairfax Media for defamation over a series of articles published alleging that he exposed himself to a team of massage therapist during a Sydney training session in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Miller further revealed before the court that they all thought this was a joke when the exposure claims were first aired.
It is claimed that the Big-hitting Caribbean batsman attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter during a broadcast interview, asking her out on a date before adding the “Don’t blush baby” remark.
Since then, Gayle had become very reserved ‘and scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him’.
He recalled selecting Gayle to be on a panel in England around the time the story was in the media and being asked ‘Why would you pick Chris Gayle with this sort of reputation?’.
‘I do feel a bit sorry for him.
‘I have known him for so long, I feel people have the wrong perception.’
The hearing is scheduled to run for the next 10 days.