News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. Aug. 14, 2014: Never one to mince words or hold his tongue, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle is at it again, this time turning his wrath on the government of his homeland of Jamaica.
Gayle, in an interview with The London Telegraph, claims he is “disappointed” that he has not gotten the level of accolades and respect from Jamaica’s politicians like Trinidad has given to Brian Lara.
The top batsman, who hit two triple centuries in his career, one against South Africa in 2005 and the other against Sri Lanka in 2010, said despite this achievement, he’s “never even saw a camera at the airport.”
“I am so disappointed in the Jamaican government,” Gayle told The Telegraph. “I’m just asking for a little decency and a little acknowledgment. I’ve scored two triple centuries and I never even saw at a camera at the airport. That hurt.”
Gayle, who leads a very social life, even last week telling his Twitter followers when he was about to have “sex,” said he has “seen other people, who have not done anything at all for Jamaica, receiving lots of privilege” but he has received none.
He also revealed, without disclosing what his denied request was, that he has asked “twice for a small favor, and neither time did they say yes.”
Added Gayle: “I guess when you die, all the good things are said about you. But in life, if you have something to say or offer, do it now. Don’t wait until the person is dead and gone to say: ‘Oh, he was such a great player, he did all of this.’
“It’s just the way I feel, and I want to express myself. There, I’ve said it, and I don’t have any regrets. The government will get my message, and that’s important.”
Gayle reportedly earns a combined $9 million annually and plays for four franchises across the globe.