It did happen on the cricket field in 2019 and Joe Roots response was brilliant. I think all sports will not tolerate it nowadaysDid you pay any attention to the controversy that surrounded the Australian teams sledging in India last year? Even that has its limits and the world is tiring of that as well. The offending word in India was dickhead. Wonder what the cricketing world would have made of Montoya's 'sledge' if uttered on the pitch.
Anyway, I think there is a difference between hate speech or insult and a sledge. These days people like to use one as a euphemism for the other. Sledges are supposed to be clever and witty. Montoya's 'sledge' was neither...
Gabriel made a comment to Root during the third Test in Saint Lucia that was not audible to television viewers.
But according to British broadcaster Sky Sports, Root was heard replying to Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay".