Thomas was trying to interview Hamou following his exit, but the 21-year-old insisted on cuddling her, pulling her close and trying to kiss her, and the journalist was visibly uncomfortable with the unwanted attention. Hamou’s actions were roundly criticised on social media, and in a statement, Eurosport condemned Hamou’s conduct.“We sincerely regret the incident that occurred during yesterday evening’s interview between Maly Thomas and Maxime Hamou. The behaviour of the interviewee was highly inappropriate and we do not condone such conduct in any way. Maly is a highly respected journalist and we are pleased that a full apology is being offered.”This isn’t the first time that a sportsman has been inappropriate to a female reporter; back in 2016, cricketer Chris Gayle asked Melanie McLaughlin on a date in an interview after a T20 game. Gayle came in for immense criticism for his comments then, and I hope that Hamou’s ban will act as a deterrent against similar incidents in the future.
Another controversy concerning a French wild-card: yesterday, Hamou forced Maly Thomas (Eurosport) into his arms. Thomas not on site today. pic.twitter.com/248fbjgA0k— Mike Morgendorfer (@MikeMorgendorf1) May 30, 2017