Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chris Gayle to plead not guilty to assault charges

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BANGALORE — The West Indian born opener of the IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore intends to plead not guilty to assault charges after the violent treatment of Brett Lee and Jaidev Unadkat, his attorney said Sunday.

Chris Gayle was taken off his team bus at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium by officers from the Bangalore Police Department  about 10 minutes before it was to depart for the team hotel. He was turned over to police for questioning later in the afternoon, said Babban Bholenath, Bangalore Police Department spokesman. Chris Gayle, 31, was arrested at 2:15 a.m. IST Sunday on charges of a criminal batting act, attempted rape of the reputation of international bowlers and unlawful treatment of bowlers, and was awaiting arraignment, police said.

Chris Gayle's lawyer, Vidhiram Vakil , told 'Opinions on Cricket' that his client will plead not guilty at his expected arraignment. "He denies all the charges against him," Vakilsaid. "And that's all I can really say right now.". The RCB management have not tried to fill its leadership vacuum at the opening position and are standing behind their man; for now; but acknowledged that the charges against Chris Gayle are a huge embarrassment for an institution that is in the business of getting people drunk.

The news rocked Paris, where latest opinion polls had ranked Chris Gayle as front-runner for captaining the Paris franchise in next month's inaugural French Premiere League. But after this incident irrespective of whether Chris Gayle is found guilty, there is unlikely to be a contract. Chris may have to try and take his skills in the Italian Premiere League.

38 runs in 12 balls
The 34 year-old Brett Lee and the 19 year old Jaidev Unadkat told authorities that they opened the bowling just as instructed by their captain Gautam Gambhir. That's when Chris Gayle abused them. According to an account the 2 bowlers provided to police, Chris Gayle emerged from the dressing room naked with desire, chased almost half the total down, almost all by himself and in the process assaulted the 2 bowlers. They called police. When Bangalore City police detectives arrived moments later, Chris Gayle had already left the ground, leaving behind his cellphone, Bholenath said. "It looked like he got out of there in a hurry". There were 178 missed calls from a number that was later traced to the WICB.

The bowlers were taken by police to a hospital and was being treated for minor injuries to their egos. 

Chris Gayle was briefly investigated in a previous game over whether he had similarly assaulted Prashanth Parameshwaran.  The RCB board had found his actions "regrettable" and said they "reflected a serious error of judgment." on Chris Gayle's part. 

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