The fight for gender equality has a new champion: Jarryd Hayne, who says he has given the disgraced West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle a “#2ndchance” after a lesson on treating women with respect.
Hayne posted the photograph of the two embracing at Coogee Beach in Sydney on Tuesday night with the caption “Teaching the bruv some manners on speaking to women in Oz!”, supplementing the post with the hashtags “#goodbloke” and “#2ndchance”.
Gayle was fined $10,000 by his Big Bash League franchise the Melbourne Renegades after a sideline interview in which he asked sports reporter Mel McLaughlin out and then told her “don’t blush baby”.
The conditions of the agreement the two sportsmen were shaking on are not known (“I will read more women authors”? “Do my share of the housework”? “Take responsibility for contraception”?) but Gayle was tagged in the picture for posterity.
It had received more than 24,500 likes on Wednesday morning, but the views expressed in the 569 comments were far from consistent. Hayne was variously congratulated for condemning the “over the top reaction” to Gayle’s comments and criticised for “backing” him. […]