Fresh allegations of previous indecent behaviour towards a woman by Chris Gayle have been dismissed as "opportunistic" by Melbourne Renegades boss Stuart Coventry, with the club standing by its handling of the controversial star. .
Cricket Victoria head Tony Dodemaide said late on Wednesday that his organisation did not condone the comments attributed to Coventry and was investigating further.
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Cricket star Chris Gayle apologises for any offence he caused the Channel Ten reporter during their controversial mid-game interview.
Coventry said he was comfortable with the sanction the team had placed on Gayle – a $10,000 fine, set to be donated to the McGrath Foundation – as the storm created by Gayle's on-air "pass" at Channel 10 reporter Mel McLaughlin continued.
Another woman, who chose not to be named, has detailed an incident to Fairfax Media in which she alleges Gayle indecently exposed himself to her during a training session in Sydney while playing with the West Indies at last year's World Cup.
The Australian woman, who was working around the West Indies team in Sydney, claimed Gayle partially exposed his genitals to her while saying: "Are you looking for this?", as she entered the players' dressing room while mistakenly believing it was empty.
Asked to respond to the allegations, Coventry described the story as "opportunistic".
"Whatever third parties come out and make comments about incidents that happened in the past have nothing to do with us," he said.
"To be honest, I think it's opportunistic."
Respected cricket commentator Jim Maxwell said he thought Gayle should have been "banned" for his conduct in the interview, and supported other voices who have since called the West Indian a "serial offender" in relation to inappropriate behaviour towards women.
"He is very lucky to have been brushed with a feather here," Maxwell said on 774 ABC on Tuesday morning.
"He should be banned … definitely, at least a suspension."
Coventry said the new allegations did not change the team's stance on the issue.
It's understood Cricket Australia have ticked off on the Gayle sanction, and that the Renegades' women's BBL team were also consulted and were satisfied with how the saga had been handled by management.
"We have pretty much nailed everything we wanted to say yesterday," Coventry said.
"We have addressed the issue with a fine that we think is appropriate.
"Chris regrets his comments, he has apologised, and as a club we have apologised to Mel, our fans and the public.
"We think Chris' comments were completely inappropriate and disrespectful and we have spoken to Chris about this at length."
McLaughlin appeared on television on Tuesday night to give her side of the story, saying that Gayle's behaviour during the interview was "certainly unexpected" and "disappointing".
She also said the story had "certainly escalated" since the interview, and having accepted Gayle's apology now "just wanted to move on".
Gayle joined the Renegades in mid-December for the six-week Big Bash League competition which has so far been the highlight of the cricket summer.
Coventry stood by his comments that the Gayle-McLaughlin incident had been a "one off" in the time the star batsman had been associated with the Renegades.
Coventry reiterated Gayle's value to lifting the profile of the BBL, pointing to his enormous connectivity with fans and his willingness to engage with them.
"Up until his comments on Monday night, Chris has done everything we have requested from him and, like I said yesterday, has been fantastic within the group," he said.
Coventry also confirmed that Gayle would play in Saturday's derby against the Melbourne Stars at Etihad Stadium, stating that management of his previous back injury would not be a factor.
"I'm disappointed that Chris' comments came when they did because it switched the focus away from what has been a great BBL," Coventry said.
"We are looking forward to getting the team up and getting the fans back on board for a big game this Saturday night."
-with Larissa Nicholson