New Delhi:Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta has come out all guns blazing against a report published in a leading English daily where she was blamed for threatening and abusing team coach Sanjay Bangar after the Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). ‘Sexist, incorrect and exaggerated,’ Preity Zinta hits back after reports of threatening KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar
In a lengthy Facebook post the actress slammed the journalist who wrote the story and casted aspersion on his motive.
‘”I most definitely DID NOT be disrespectful to our coach nor abuse any one & definitely did not use the FOUR LETTER WORD. … story reeks of SEXISM and is incorrect & exaggerated beyond words
I did speak to Veeru & Sanjay for exactly 20 seconds and asked why Axe did not bat after which I congratulated Virat Kohli & spoke to him briefly as he walked up to me. After which I proceeded to have a chat with Shane Watson& then left the ground with my husband & In Laws as we were in one car & I was disappointed.
My mother & Brother stayed back as she was to go to the presentation ceremony & they were traveling in another car. I will not deny that I was disappointed but how dare any journalist cook up a story with me as a Villain.
Also I’m amazed at the chauvinist & sexist undertone … article. Just because I am a woman you presume me to be a bimbo & know nothing about Cricket even though I have been working in this sport and business for the past 9 years. For the record I do know more about the game than you do about journalism. My question to you is – would you have written the same thing if you were writing about another man in cricket ?”
Incidentally, Kings XI Punjab lost the match against RCB by one run and the report said that Preity wasn’t happy with Bangar for not sending Axar Patel before Farhaan Behardien, Preity reportedly blamed Bangar for the team finding itself at the bottom of the points table. While both Preity and Bangar have denied that incident took place, the report cited a few people who said they had witnessed the spat.