Ines Sainz (PICTURES): NFL Players on Female Reporters in Locker Rooms

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Ines Sainz

NEW YORK (CBS) Everyone has an opinion about the recent incident involving the way Mexican reporter Ines Sainz was treated in the New York Jets locker room Saturday.

PICTURES: Ines Sainz, Jets Reporter

Fox NFL analyst Brian Baldinger said Sainz was "asking for it," during a radio conversation, and Washington Redskin Clinton Portis put on an entertaining display when asked about comments he made during a radio interview, saying that when there are female reporters in a locker room, "I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman."

Now Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris and linebacker Lance Briggs are the latest to chime-in.

According to, Harris believes both members of the media and athletes should conduct themselves in a professional manner - gender aside. "Just do your job, that's it," he told "It's the same as a man in the locker room to me."

However, Briggs thought otherwise. "I don't think women should be in the locker room," he said. "The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we're naked, we're walking around and we're bombarded by media," he told NBC Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, Briggs stands behind his comments.

The NFL launched an investigation into the incident after Sainz, a veteran reporter, claimed footballs were thrown in her direction by a Jets coach during a practice - seemingly deliberately - and players later called out to her in the team's locker room. She described the language used by players as "rude" and says she was "discomforted."

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson personally apologized for the team's behavior. The NFL also sent a memo to all 32 teams in the league Thursday reminding them of its equal access and conduct policy toward the media.


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