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Locker-room incident causes growing P.R. problem for NFL

The Jets and the NFL mobilized quickly at the first whiff of trouble regarding the visit of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz to the Jets’ practice and locker room.  The lawyers in the crowd realize that, in situations like this, prudence requires a thorough investigation and a demonstrated commitment to avoid similar situations in the future.

The P.R. specialists in the crowd understand that there’s far more to the story, especially with the NFL operating in a nation that enjoys a high percentage of males who love football, and a small-but-hopefully-growing percentage of women.

Apart from any legal liability for sexual harassment or hostile work environment or gender discrimination, the league could alienate plenty of women (and also plenty of men) if the league tolerates any words or behavior that arguably represent misogynistic attitudes on the part of the men who play the game.  That’s why, in our view, Redskins running back Clinton Portis apologized so quickly on Monday after another patented Portis rambling rant, in which he said that among other things that female reporters in an NFL locker room “get to go look at 53 men’s packages.”

And it’s why, in our view, the tone of Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett’s Twitter page changed so quickly today, from “I
don’t know what was said to her or whatever but u just have to know u
going into a TEAM LOCKEROOM, and if its that serious WOMEN STAY OUT!” to “
I
think all men should respect women at all times no matter what And
women should be able to work where ever they want!  That’s my opinon!”

Look for the league to continue to look for any evidence of players saying things that could constitutes hostility or animosity or any other improper attitude toward females in the locker room, and to move swiftly to persuade the player to alter his statements.  For now, we’ve yet to hear anything from the NFLPA on this matter, but the union has the same incentive as the league to ensure that nothing players say or do will cause portions of the audience to decide to no longer pay attention to the game.

UPDATE:  The NFLPA has issued a general statement regarding the situation.
“Comments and behavior that are offensive to any group or individual are not tolerated and are not reflective of our membership,” says the statement forwarded to us by union spokesman George Atallah.

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133 Responses to “Locker-room incident causes growing P.R. problem for NFL”
  1. ken hawk says: Sep 14, 2010 6:47 PM

    Florio farted.

  2. Gautam says: Sep 14, 2010 6:48 PM

    this is really retarded….

  3. JoeSixPack says: Sep 14, 2010 6:48 PM

    I hear now that she’s reconsidering her decision not to sue…
    All was fine until she received an apology call from someone in the front office going by the name of “Woody Johnson” – which apparently was the final straw of sexual harrassment

  4. BadKarma32 says: Sep 14, 2010 6:53 PM

    OK, new league rule, hot women reporters are no longer allowed in the locker room. If she was “busted” none of the guys would’ve said anything. But Ines Sainz is hot, hot, HOT. TV Azteca know what they’re doing, something the other affiliates need to consider.
    I have no comment on the quote “PR problem”..but damn she’s hot as hell.

  5. tbeetles says: Sep 14, 2010 6:53 PM

    Sexist comments from the players aside, the level of political correctness in the country is becoming insane. Is it not reasonable, that yes women can be sports reporters, as can men, but female reporters stay out of mens locker rooms, male reporters stay out of female locker rooms. Seems simple, logical, and not sexist what so ever. This whole conversation, and the fact that it is getting this much media attention is stupid. Portis was a jerk, the Jets players acted like dumb jocks, (go figure), so just stay out of the locker room. And MS Ines Sainz , if you want to be a reporter and not eye candy, when you are talking about trying to be a serious reporter, button up your shirt.

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 14, 2010 6:54 PM

    “…prudence requires a thorough investigation and a demonstrated commitment to avoid similar situations in the future.”
    How about keep the bitch outta the locker room?
    See how easy that was?

  7. Fonetik says: Sep 14, 2010 6:54 PM

    Forget the PR campaign, how about actually doing something to FIX THE PROBLEM? You know, like maybe not allowing reporters in locker rooms, period. It would certainly eliminate any future incidents like this.

  8. Hayward G says: Sep 14, 2010 6:55 PM

    The Jesters are an embarassment on and off the field.
    As to which is more embarassing, that is certainly open to debate.

  9. Maximus says: Sep 14, 2010 6:56 PM

    Um. Since when did it become OK for women to be in Men’s locker rooms? Should never happen. If I was a professional athlete, I wouldn’t want a woman watching me take a shower.
    Just like I’m sure male reporters aren’t allowed into WNBA locker rooms as the women dress.
    Are we that stupid as a society?

  10. oldschool says: Sep 14, 2010 6:58 PM

    now lets go eat a snatch………i mean snack

  11. BucHater says: Sep 14, 2010 6:58 PM

    There is no problem … the only problem is the females reports are allowd to parade in a MENS looker room dressed like a prostitute and then wonder why the feel out of place ….. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT THEN STAY OUT~~

  12. bigtrav425 says: Sep 14, 2010 6:59 PM

    Listen no matter if its sexist or not ,what do ya expect to happen when a female,especially a hot one walks into a room filled with testosterone filled football players…and this isnt going to be popular but i dont care..they need to just stay out of the locker room all together

  13. PkrNboro says: Sep 14, 2010 7:01 PM

    …and are male reporters allowed in women’s locker-rooms — are the ladies OK with that ??
    …or is this a classic double-standard?
    Why not just leave the athletes alone — until they emerge from the locker-room ?

  14. Beave says: Sep 14, 2010 7:01 PM

    What happens when a male player claims the NFL has created a hostile work environment by allowing female reporters in an area he’s expected to shower and be in a state of undress after games? Seems like the NFL is treading an ultra-thin line here.

  15. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 14, 2010 7:02 PM

    Holy crap Florio. It’s barely even on the news here in NY. I know you hate the Jets, but give it a rest already, jesus.

  16. steelers rule says: Sep 14, 2010 7:04 PM

    If the commish is as “hard” as he states the following should take place:
    1) Fine the Jets $500,000 or take away a 3rd round pick
    2) Fine Rex Ryan $250,000 or suspend him 1 game for team being conduct detrementral of the NFL policy as he can not control his players.
    3) Any players who ” harressed” or did ANYTHING UNBECOMING of an NFL player will be suspended 1-2 games.
    4) Finally say no media memebers allowed in ANY NFL locker room, and NFL player can only speak at the podium if they do not want females in locker room, no media goes to locker room!

  17. GreeneBlitz says: Sep 14, 2010 7:05 PM

    A large percentage of NFL players are made up from a culture that promotes the degrading of women. Sad but true

  18. JSpicoli says: Sep 14, 2010 7:05 PM

    If you read this 4 times you develop a vagina.

  19. JerryDignan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:05 PM

    The problem is going to get worse in our increasingly exhibitionist culture.
    You think it’s a coincidence all these sex tapes and dong pics are becoming more frequent with these professional athletes? And the Twittering?
    Amazingly, athletes are becoming even MORE self-centered than they were 5 or 10 years ago when they were already intolerable….As that continues, you really think they won’t be exposing more of themselves (figuratively and literally) in the future?
    Hell, two players were kicked off a team in the off-season for exposing themselves to a woman on the street while they were peeing.
    Hell, sooner or later a female reporter will probably find herself sexually assaulted instead of harassed in a locker room (Pittsburgh I’m looking in your direction).

  20. chitown26 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:06 PM

    Look at this babe:
    http://www.thesuperficial.com/the-new-york-jets-sexually-harassed-this-09-2010
    I would harass her too if she was in my locker room and I was standing around naked.
    Seriously.
    *shrug*

  21. ttommytom says: Sep 14, 2010 7:06 PM

    I’m sure the Mexican Gov’t and their people are all in an uproar over this abominable situation. What with 8 kabillion people hopping a fence per day and another zillion dead in a ditch.
    The horrors of having a few people hoot and holler at what amounts to a pin-up girl in a locker room…
    Nobody should have access to a locker room outside of the obvious. Period. Have media room access and that’s it. Privacy assured, problem solved.

  22. Xpensive Wino says: Sep 14, 2010 7:07 PM

    What’s the over/under on when Rex Ryan gets fired?
    The team is already imploding on and off the field and that buffoon will only continue to embarrass himself, the Jets organization and the NFL every time he opens his pie hole.
    If anyone is destined to be fired in disgrace, Slim Jim there is the guy.

  23. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:07 PM

    In a statement to address the situation Roger Goodell announced that……”the packages of the most seriously offending players will be permanently removed. All others who were present, regardless of their degree of complicity, shall have their packages severely reduced. By order of the Commissioner.”.

  24. spiritof66 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:08 PM

    Easy cure here people. No media in the locker room period! There is no need for it. All the access the media needs can be obtained on the field before and after games, and during post game press conferences. Men in the press don’t need to be in womens locker rooms and women in the press don’t need to be in mens locker rooms. Give Clinton Portis Rodger Godell’s job, at least he can tell the truth.

  25. In & Out Burger says: Sep 14, 2010 7:09 PM

    Judging by the posts I have seen about Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, I am guessing that we will see a “frat boy” like reaction in the comments.

  26. LAEaglefan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:09 PM

    I’d love to see the day where they allow a male reporter into a female team’s locker room. A double standard exists, I’d say.

  27. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:09 PM

    Not easily impressed with lockeroom displays, veteran reporter Sainz estimated that she could mail all the packages back to her hometown in Mexico for less than $50. First class.

  28. akuehn713 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:10 PM

    Are men allowed in women’s locker rooms? No. Why are women allowed in the men’s locker rooms?
    It should be pretty simple, nobody is allowed in the locker room, all interviews should be conducted in a media room.
    What other profession allows employees from one firm to meet with employees from another firm naked?

  29. JustDieBaby says: Sep 14, 2010 7:12 PM

    Relax Florio you PC tool. The only people besides you who think this is a problem are the NOW hags….And they dont watch football…..
    Everything is fine. Ines Sainz is back at her full time job. Giveing lap dances and wrapping her legs around the stripper pole…..

  30. ANUoldman says: Sep 14, 2010 7:12 PM

    The major issue here is that the Joe on the street knows what football players are about, but he has kids that need better role models…
    and from Joe’s vantage point, the NFL is ridiculously soft on abomidable behaviour: 4 games /30 days for serial molestation /rape?
    until the NFL gets serious about punishment, they will continue to have a wink-and-a-nod old boys club reputation…
    and players will continue to be seen as spoiled felons in training trying to get away with whatever they can, regardless of what it does to other people.

  31. DH says: Sep 14, 2010 7:13 PM

    this is rediculous, dont let any reporters in the locker room.
    Locker rooms are supposed to be places where guys can freely say inappropriate things about women without worrying if its PC or not.

  32. Djaehne says: Sep 14, 2010 7:14 PM

    Then let the men into the women’s locker room for interviews and whatever else women seek when in the mens NFL locker rooms. Equality
    goes both ways.

  33. WhoDey_Man says: Sep 14, 2010 7:15 PM

    2 things:
    first off, what the hell was TV Azteca thinking sending her, dressed like that, to an all-male staffed professional football club? that alone is a terrible idea. and how can ANYONE take someone that dresses that way for her JOB seriously in any way? (unless, of course, she was an exotic dancer or craigs list masseusse)
    secondly, i know it’s 2010, but while NFL football teams remain populated 100% by men, it might be a good idea to NOT allow female reporters into the locker room, seeing as it is, you know, a locker room. I highly doubt a male reporter would be sent into a WNBA locker room for a postgame interview. (assuming, of course, the WNBA still exists and anyone on the planet is interested enough to listen to a postgame interview)

  34. SmurfJuice says: Sep 14, 2010 7:16 PM

    This is ridiculous. It’s a dressing room for 50+ athletes with too much testosterone. There’s a press conference room for a reason, wait until they’re ready to speak if you’re so easily offended.
    I’m not saying what they did was right, but you go in there you should nearly expect that kind of response.

  35. John El Way says: Sep 14, 2010 7:16 PM

    attention whore

  36. Meat Tuperello says: Sep 14, 2010 7:17 PM

    If they let 4g’s in the Patriots locker room he would be star struck by seeing his idol Tommy StesonBeiber Brady in the buff.

  37. jl says: Sep 14, 2010 7:19 PM

    This takes for granted that most women think that her clothing was appropriate for the workplace. It has been my experience that most woman are far less tolerant than men when it comes to that.
    Maybe the NFL needs a dress policy the way most companies have one to try to minimize the potential that something could occur. That said, Portis may be dumbest man alive. Seriously… the dumbest man alive.

  38. FinFan68 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:21 PM

    Leave the locker rooms to the players. If no reporters (men, women, gay, straight, bi, whatever) are allowed into the locker rooms there would never be another problem. Conduct the interviews on the sidelines/field after the game or wait until the players are done in the locker room. There is no discrimination issue if nobody from outside the respective teams are allowed to be there in the first place. I have never seen a compelling locker room interview that couldn’t have taken place elsewhere. The fact that the NFL does not see this simple fix, or more likely, it is unwilling to execute that kind of policy would seem to indicate some form of pressure from the networks that cover the games to give their employees access. To me, the networks would be responsible in that regard.

  39. Kevin DuBrow says: Sep 14, 2010 7:21 PM

    now all they have to do is start fining and penalizing teams equally and not based on commissioners preference and the league will be back from looking like the minor leagues!

  40. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:23 PM

    “Comments and behavior that are offensive to any group or individual are not tolerated and are not reflective of our membership,”
    —————————-
    Ooooo scary, take action instead of making John Madden style common sense statements..

  41. Rock48nj says: Sep 14, 2010 7:24 PM

    The biggest issue that no one seems to address with this incident.. is this woman really a reporter.. I mean really? She is a fame monger, a side show and attention seeker, that is certain. But a reporter?
    I can’t believe real reporters, male or female or even Florio would want a circus show like her to be lumped in with them. Maybe the NFL should start reigning in access, especially to locker rooms.. they could also send a message with the absurd Super Bowl media day and you know, limit it to real working media.
    Still does not excuse the Jets action, there is no “she was asking” for it argument to be made, but to cast this as some larger women in media and the NFL issue is silly to me. Good looking or not, an actual female reporter and this never happens.

  42. FinFan68 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    The NFLPA has issued a general statement regarding the situation.
    “Comments and behavior that are offensive to any group or individual are not tolerated and are not reflective of our membership,”
    ==============================
    actually the problem is that behavior is very reflective of the membership (players). If it wasn’t there would never have been any incident(s)

  43. dtowner says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    Only problem here is women don’t belong in the men’s lockerroom. Yea I know, I’m an old fashion fuddy dud – but at least this problem wouldn’t exist.

  44. Sean says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    Why in the world do we need locker room reporters anyway? I’ve never heard a professional athlete say anything that couldn’t wait until he put some pants on. Just get rid of them all. Problem solved.

  45. football genius says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    she does have a great ass. Am I allowed to say that?

  46. burtreynolds says: Sep 14, 2010 7:26 PM

    Lucky for the NFL, none of their fans care.
    I think Florio should request locker room access to a women’s soccer game and see how well that turns out.

  47. Wonderlicker says: Sep 14, 2010 7:27 PM

    You’d think these guys had never seen a woman before. It’s like scoring a touchdown – act like you’ve been there before.

  48. CD_Ridge says: Sep 14, 2010 7:27 PM

    What the NFL should do is ban ALL non-team personnel from the locker rooms. Problem solved.

  49. footballseason! says: Sep 14, 2010 7:28 PM

    I bet Mr. OchoCinco deletes 2 tweets from earlier today.

  50. rarson says: Sep 14, 2010 7:33 PM

    Okay, here’s the thing: You (Florio) and the league are attempting to speak for women and judge what they should or shouldn’t find offensive. It’s akin to treating half the adult population like children. I’m sure women are perfectly capable of speaking out for themselves about things that players say, if they even give a damn.
    It’s pretty idiotic that you guys don’t even realize that by making such a big fuss about this, you’re essentially letting women know that they need men to fight their battles for them.

  51. BuckeyeBengal says: Sep 14, 2010 7:34 PM

    The League is smart to try to take immediate and effective remedial action, but from the limited facts I have available to me, I’m pretty sure this would not satisfy a hostile work environment claim anyways. The conduct seems to be neither sufficiently severe nor pervasive.

  52. jp215 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:35 PM

    what if it was a guy reporting working on the wnba?
    He

  53. superb owl says: Sep 14, 2010 7:36 PM

    this day has been coming.
    pee cee scalps another one…

  54. SaintsGuy says: Sep 14, 2010 7:37 PM

    Women shouldn’t be in the locker room. Period. I don’t understand why any reporter needs to be in the locker room until all players are dressed, especially women. NFL is lost on this one. 99% of the fans would have no issue with them banning women from the locker room.

  55. Bwa Ha Ha says: Sep 14, 2010 7:38 PM

    I googled this lil hot tamale and looked at the pics, clicked on one and it was carrying a computer virus… Careful

  56. JustDieBaby says: Sep 14, 2010 7:38 PM

    Good thing Godell wasnt in charge…..
    Anyone remember Lisa Olson and the Patriots??
    She claimed a nude Pats (or as Emmitt would say Paints) tight end Zeke Mowatt said “Is this what you want? Do you want to take a bite out of this?” Mowatt insisted he only said, “You are not writing, you are looking.”….
    Then their owner Victor Kiam said this joke. “What do the Iraqis have in common with Lisa Olson? They’ve both seen Patriot missiles up close.” …..

  57. chadc4240 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:41 PM

    Cue the ben haters! If urblack then portis ordockett will let it go. No charges, portis misses 6 games w possibilty of eduction to 4? Roger?
    Lets show we’re fair!?

  58. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Sep 14, 2010 7:42 PM

    Damn. Dockett got bitch slapped.
    Kinda sad he had to change his tune so fast.

  59. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:43 PM

    Asked about the controversy, Jet coach Rex Ryan’s wife Mrs. Ryan seemed unconcerned. “I haven’t seen his package myself since he went past the 300 pound mark back in 1988.”, she laughed.

  60. apage53915 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:43 PM

    Its amazing how our society has started to emasculate men so bad that we are starting to act like pussies, if a broad comes into the locker room and someone says something to her too effing bad.
    The media is calling Portis a fool etc. but he has a real valid point. If a guy goes into a womens locker room, he would immediately would be branded a pervert. Its awful how the Redskins made Portis recant what was the truth.

  61. lurch's nyquil says: Sep 14, 2010 7:44 PM

    I have a pen is and damnit I am going to Hooters to get a job in the morning

  62. Nosredna says: Sep 14, 2010 7:44 PM

    Maybe if this so called reporter didn’t play games in trying to get interviews, things would be different. Maybe if this so called reporter didn’t get a boob job just to do better in her job (usually only strippers do that), things would be different.
    She plays games, she knows it and freely admits it. She has already stated she will NOT be suing the Jets nor the NFL. (not that she has grounds to anyway).
    For trying to be legitimate CornFlorio, you are making more of this story than ANY reputable source.
    Will you ever learn to let things go that bother you and no one else?

  63. chadc4240 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:45 PM

    Love the double standard!

  64. KingJoe! says: Sep 14, 2010 7:45 PM

    Just wait until the a player or two sue the NFL for putting the players in a position in which they have to change in front of women. There is no other work place in America which would allow women in a place where men have to change. The archaic mindset with which the NFL allows women in the lockerroom needs to be changed. Yes thinking that it is not a big deal for a man to be seen naked by a woman is archaic.
    I truly believe the lawsuit which changes this scenario will be filed by the wife of an NFL player.

  65. Agent Cooper says: Sep 14, 2010 7:47 PM

    Darnell Dockett’s sudden change in opinion and subsequent ultra-PC tweet was hilarious. Clearly he got a phone call.

  66. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:47 PM

    Take that “general statement” from the NFL seriously.
    Atallah isn’t the notorious Turk, but as a Hun you can bet he has the Turk’s ear.

  67. NFLMMAfan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:48 PM

    The Commish simply needs to let the J_E_T_S games be shown on nationwide TV every week.
    They’ll “reveal” how bad a team they are to the entire country. Sort of like last night….

  68. cpizz says: Sep 14, 2010 7:48 PM

    All reporters should stay out of the lockeroom. Have a seperate room for interviews. It’s to easy to solve but there will be a hundred meetings before they figure anything out

  69. LowVoltage says: Sep 14, 2010 7:48 PM

    I bet this issue is addressed in the CBA. Allowing women in lockerrooms is part of the promotional efforts of the NFL owners. It benefits the players in no way. The best way to protest their presence is to only interview with male reporters in the lockerroom. The p0layers can be polite to women, but provide them no sound bites. Just smile, be pleasant, and get dressed.

  70. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 7:48 PM

    Tourist bookings to Mexico have more than doubled in the past week.

  71. badmood says: Sep 14, 2010 7:49 PM

    This hit little number walks around with her tight jeans and tight tank top and shes surprised at this kind of attention? shes an attention whore and I think all this pc crap is retarded. I mean what was SO horrible that the players did?

  72. Bigbluefan says: Sep 14, 2010 7:51 PM

    While I agree women do not belong in the mens locker room for some reason they are.
    Hence the players and coaches have to deal with and act like its no big thing.
    Do not blame her for what she was wearing that is one of the lamest excuses I have ever heard.
    The women is a hot hispanic women and guess what boys that is how they dress

  73. Reggie'sBush says: Sep 14, 2010 7:52 PM

    People should know not to put themselves in compromising positions. Now, I am not saying that this super hot tamale be harassed but let us think clearly…
    Do I deserve to get robbed if I walk around and flaunt money in foreign housing projects?
    -Certainly not, but most likely I would.
    Do female dancers/entertainers deserve to be humiliated or harassed?
    -Of course not, but some drunk guy name Pacman Jones will certainly throw a crumbled up dollar bill in your face or Vince Young will slap your ass as you bend over.
    Does a woman deserve to be exposed to male genitals if she does not want to see them?
    -Nope, but you better believe a dumb jock with a flock of groupies who never met a female that doesn’t want him will swing it in your face all day long if you go into a male lockeroom. Hell, it even happened to Cameron Diaz in Any Given Sunday…
    The easy solution is to allow NO ACCESS to the locker rooms, but the 1st guy who says I don’t feel comfortable with females walking around while I’m getting dressed/showering gets labeled BabyDick by the rest of the world. Therefore, this will not change until someone sues or unfortunately Inez interviews Big Ben in the stall.

  74. Wonderlicker says: Sep 14, 2010 7:53 PM

    Based on the comments here, the only girl this crowd has been with is Mary Palmer.

  75. floridabill50 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:54 PM

    Ok I know this comment will get lots of crap but this is my take nonetheless. Being old school I remember the DAY when CBS introduced Phyllis george on the NFL Today show and that was the beginning of women allowed into football. Personally I realize most alcohol drinking guys love seeing women, cheerleaders, bimbo blondes on TV etc but it does zero for the game of football. If they want to report on games then fine, let them do interviews etc OUTSIDE the locker rooms and get them away from football-period. Yeah I get how TV wants improved ratings by inserting sexy women around the media playground but to assume that guys will make sure to be dressed when a female walks into a locker room?? are you serious?? One other view is to close off ALL reporters in a locker room and if they want their stories they can get that info long after the game is over. Just my opinion.

  76. gurnblanston says: Sep 14, 2010 7:55 PM

    Although it will cause great consternation to football writers and all the networks, there is a simple solution. Players and coaches should go to the media room about 30 minutes after games to conduct all interviews – no press in the locker rooms, male or female. The press is obsessed with total, immediate access, well too bad. They can catch the coach and important players as they leave the field, which they already do, and then have complete access shortly afterward. Problem solved.
    Of course, sportswriters will scream, but given the collective lack of intelligence and common sense they demonstrate yearly in Hall of Fame voting, we shouldn’t concern ourselves with their feelings.
    Commissioner Goodell, do the right thing, solve the problem and reap the good p.r. that might help the league’s efforts to attract more female fans. Hail!

  77. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 7:58 PM

    At an away b’ball game in HS, the girls’ coach asked me to retrieve something from the locker room … just as the boys ran in. They acted exactly like the Jets. Whistled, made catcalls, and tossed jock straps while I turned red and tried to get out without looking at anything but the floor. No, I didn’t complain because I was in THEIR locker room.
    In the quest for equality, we have to use some common sense. Men can’t be surrogate mothers and women can’t be sperm donors. We each have our unique attributes. If men wouldn’t be allowed in a women’s locker room, there’s no reason to allow women in a men’s locker room. Rather than telling the players to act like Jeeves the Butler in their own locker room, it’s time to remove the women from the equation. Set up a media room for reporters, and let the GUYS from NFL Films get pool footage of post championship speeches and celebrations.

  78. AbeFreshly says: Sep 14, 2010 7:59 PM

    She wanted to interview one of the most eligible bachelors in NY (Sanchez), in an environment where Sanchez would likely be naked. hmmmm Show up to interview a naked man dressed like this, & see what happens:
    http://www.lazygirls.info/Ines_Sainz
    You can’t just strut around in a lockerroom filled with naked men with that ass. GEEEEEEEEZ

  79. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Sep 14, 2010 8:08 PM

    She has an ass to die for but a face like a horse.

  80. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 8:11 PM

    @AbeFreshly …
    Jackass … she wasn’t strutting, she was sitting there waiting for Sanchez. And SHE didn’t file the complaint. A woman that doesn’t look anything like her filed the complaint. She didn’t ask for ANY of this, so cut her a break.

  81. superb owl says: Sep 14, 2010 8:13 PM

    lurch, good luck, but we are all lousy tippers

  82. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 8:13 PM

    Ridiculous hyperbole calling that collection of shower shriveled penises, and BB sized balls, “packages”.
    What Ines has stuffed into her jeans, now THAT’S a package.

  83. ravenman says: Sep 14, 2010 8:18 PM

    I want to see a guy go into a womens locker room…………

  84. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 8:21 PM

    @Mike McCarthy’s Moobs…..You just have to be a good jockey and keep her pointed in the right direction. :)

  85. burntorangehorn says: Sep 14, 2010 8:25 PM

    Why not just not allow reporters in locker rooms at all? I know some might think of not allowing female reporters into male locker rooms, or male reporters into female locker rooms, but why not just keep press out of locker rooms entirely?

  86. Ragman says: Sep 14, 2010 8:26 PM

    So if the NFL’s investigation proves that players acted inappropriately, will King Goodell suspend them for 6 games like Roethlisberger (and later reduce it)? I mean this is personal conduct???

  87. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 14, 2010 8:30 PM

    I heard her next visit is the Vikings lockerroom where she will be looking to interview Visanthe Shiancoe..

  88. AbeFreshly says: Sep 14, 2010 8:32 PM

    @ Deb
    Clearly, you do not have an ass like that, because, if you did, you would be well aware of the effect that it has on 20 something year old men. Indeed, you might get bored with the attention you recieved EVERY SINGLE PLACE YOU GO.
    I don’t have to explain this to you, because you feel the exact same way whenever your ‘hubby’ looks at a woman like that. Admit it. Your first reaction is “BITCH!!” If you deny that, you are a liar, & a bad one. Now, put Ms ‘Bitch’ in a lockerroom with your naked hubby. Is she ‘inviting’ that reaction by her choice of attire?
    Jackass.

  89. AbeFreshly says: Sep 14, 2010 8:34 PM

    @ Deb
    Clearly, you do not have an ass like that, because, if you did, you would be well aware of the effect that it has on 20 something year old men. Indeed, you might get bored with the attention you recieved EVERY SINGLE PLACE YOU GO.
    I don’t have to explain this to you, because you feel the exact same way whenever your ‘hubby’ looks at a woman like that. Admit it. Your first reaction is “BITCH!!” If you deny that, you are a liar, & a bad one. Now, put Ms ‘Bitch’ in a lockerroom with your naked hubby. Is she ‘inviting’ that reaction by her choice of attire?
    Jackass.

  90. Pale face says: Sep 14, 2010 8:41 PM

    No woman deserves to be treated like dirt, but since when does ‘professional’ and ‘tight jeans’ go together? Dress like a pro, get treated like a pro. How many lawyers or accountants dress like they are going to the club?

  91. Luke8512 says: Sep 14, 2010 8:45 PM

    This all reminds me of when Sam Wyche got in trouble due to barring a female reporter from the locker room. Then did a press conference in just a towel. Ahhh, those were the days….

  92. HornedHelmet says: Sep 14, 2010 8:46 PM

    Ines would get torn apart in that locker room. No NFLer is smaller than 6.25″

  93. promichael says: Sep 14, 2010 8:52 PM

    Florio you got it right being politically correct on women being able to work in a locker room. One thing though Mike what happens when the hot female reporter likes one of the hot guys getting dressed or undressed in the locker room. The hot football player throws the hot reporter a pass that she accepts? I guess it becomes boys will be boys and girls will be girls. Forget about their professional roles. Mike do you know how many marriages take place from a work place meeting or a meeting that is based on the working environment? It is only hostile if she voices non acceptance of the display of affection or joking and then the verbal play continues.

  94. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 8:53 PM

    Aztec T.V. reporter Ines Sainz is having trouble adjusting to the overfamiliarity of American men.
    “Men I have not even met before seem to know my name. They come up behind me and shout ‘In’ Sain’!’ as though they were old friends.”.

  95. AbeFreshly says: Sep 14, 2010 8:56 PM

    @Deb
    Me thinks that thou dost protest too loudly.
    Jackass

  96. superb owl says: Sep 14, 2010 8:59 PM

    moobs, u were looking at shannon sharpe
    helmet must be speaking from ‘experience’
    that girl would tear little clinton apart and make him run home cryin to his momma

  97. Sintalkin says: Sep 14, 2010 9:07 PM

    Pale face says:
    September 14, 2010 8:41 PM
    No woman deserves to be treated like dirt, but since when does ‘professional’ and ‘tight jeans’ go together? Dress like a pro, get treated like a pro. How many lawyers or accountants dress like they are going to the club?
    This……………….

  98. rjgreen3 says: Sep 14, 2010 9:12 PM

    @ Meat Tuperello
    They can’t let women in the Patriots lockerroom, Belicheat will video tape them…………..lol

  99. Byrd Is The Word says: Sep 14, 2010 9:14 PM

    So a handful of players sexual harassed the reporter. How about the reporter sexually harassing the 60 players by watching them dress?
    It works both ways.

  100. Mel Kiper IV says: Sep 14, 2010 9:15 PM

    “The Replacements” cheerleaders called. They want their outfits back. Oh, and the “innocent act” too too…

  101. Old School says: Sep 14, 2010 9:15 PM

    Some low life poster used my screen name by using all lower case letters. Must be some moron that plays fore the Jets.

  102. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 14, 2010 9:21 PM

    robert ethen says: September 14, 2010 8:13 PM
    “Ridiculous hyperbole calling that collection of shower shriveled penises, and BB sized balls, “packages”. ”
    …speaking from personal experience again I see.

  103. WhoDey_Man says: Sep 14, 2010 9:24 PM

    chadc4240 says:
    September 14, 2010 7:41 PM
    Cue the ben haters! If urblack then portis ordockett will let it go. No charges, portis misses 6 games w possibilty of eduction to 4? Roger?
    Lets show we’re fair!?
    _____
    did charlie kelly from it’s always sunny write this??? what the HELL are you trying to say? i’ve read this 47 times and it still makes NO SENSE

  104. wyoff says: Sep 14, 2010 9:25 PM

    ANUoldman says:
    September 14, 2010 7:12 PM
    The major issue here is that the Joe on the street knows what football players are about, but he has kids that need better role models…
    and from Joe’s vantage point, the NFL is ridiculously soft on abomidable behaviour: 4 games /30 days for serial molestation /rape?
    ________________
    Maybe, if Joe happens to be an idiot who doesn’t understand that there was no evidence that the “serial molestation / rape” happened. If he were a human being of average intelligence, then he would be disturbed that a guy was lynched by the media.

  105. ijr213 says: Sep 14, 2010 9:29 PM

    Look, if you do some basic image searches for Ines Sainz, you’ll quickly discover that she isn’t exactly the most professional when she’s doing media coverage. You’ll find plenty of tight shirts and pants that NO ONE from a regular news source would allow their female reporters to wear.
    Now I don’t know what she was wearing, but she hasn’t sparked a lot of confidence in me that she owns business attire.
    This doesn’t excuse what the Jets did, but seriously, if she walked in not looking professional, how can she be taken as a professional? Works both ways.

  106. Nuckinfutz says: Sep 14, 2010 9:38 PM

    It’s really simple. A locker room is a place for people to shower and change their clothes. There is really no need for the press to be there, any more than there is a need for them to interview players in a bathroom stall.
    If women are allowed to enter a place where players are showering and changing their clothes, over time there will inevitalbly be problems.
    Set up an interview room in every team facility and call it a day…..just like they do at women’s tennis matches, soccer games, golf tournements, etc.
    How hard is it?

  107. poonhok says: Sep 14, 2010 10:03 PM

    Well, if a muslim player protested about a female reporter in the locker room, there would be a multitude of idiots tripping over themselves to be the first to call for the banning of female reporters so as not to upset the “sensibilities” of said muslims….

  108. superb owl says: Sep 14, 2010 10:04 PM

    byrd… file that claim guys.
    and be accused of tuaoloism.

  109. reno76 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:18 PM

    lil flo..keep on faning the flames over this non-story…pc and the NFL don’t mix…

  110. Tomcalimontana says: Sep 14, 2010 10:19 PM

    The solution is pretty obvious – no media/reporters in the locker room period. The Stadiums all have meeting rooms where interviews should be held.

  111. Brock says: Sep 14, 2010 10:23 PM

    Isn’t there bigger things to worry about than this?
    But my opinion, maybe she should dress professionally. Seems to me when females dress like that, they are looking for attention. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s the kind of attention they do not want. But it’s the price to pay, when you dress for the Club, and not as a Reporter.
    I do not feel sorry for her in the least. Here we have another case of Erin Andrews. We will soon see her on Dancing With The Stars and maybe Playboy. Basically she just hit the lottery!

  112. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 10:25 PM

    Roger Goodell wants to hear both sides of the issue before he takes any action.
    He had a 20 minute phone call with the Jets front office earlier today and is scheduled to meet Ms Sainz later this week at his office. From noon Friday through to noon the following Monday.

  113. Paytonc7 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:26 PM

    There should be no reason for a woman to bne in a mans locker room.. nor a man in a womans locker room… Doesnt matter what reason anyone can come up with. it is just stupid

  114. KrazyTrumpeter05 says: Sep 14, 2010 10:38 PM

    “Not reflective of our membership.”
    Ha, he doesn’t know the membership very well.

  115. Deb says: Sep 14, 2010 10:40 PM

    @AbeFreshly …
    You’re not too bright, are you?
    I was DEFENDING Inez. That means I can empathize with her.
    You can try rolling that around in your empty head, but I doubt you’ll ever get it.

  116. FORdSKINS says: Sep 14, 2010 10:47 PM

    You guys have it all wrong, this was all planned. The Jets were already realizing that they weren’t going to be able to live up to the hype generated by “Hard Knocks”. This was obvious from their on field (not on camera) performance last night.
    Now addicted to the undeserved attention, what were they to do? They start taping the sequel “Hard Cocks”. It’s a lot easier to tape it with her in the lockerroom than an overweight male reporter.

  117. AbeFreshly says: Sep 14, 2010 11:26 PM

    @ Deb
    “I was DEFENDING Inez. That means I can empathize with her.”
    lol
    Yeah, right. Dream on sista.
    In case you hadn’t noticed, Ms Sainz is…um…”put together” in a way which would distinguish her from any other woman. 20-something yr old male pro athletes would notice this immediately. You, on the other hand, merely suspect it. Your insinutaion that you somehow resemble her is proof that your…um…’taste’ in this particular area suffers from a severe, self-prejudicial blindspot.
    This…um…”unique” characteristic is what causes the players to react to her, & when you are standing naked, & Ines is standing there ‘trying not to look at you’ (she always peeks) it is virtually impossible to NOT react to her as she ‘doesn’t’ notice that anyone is naked.
    The players’ WAGs know EXACTLY what Ines is up to when she puts on her “Magic Jeans”. Do you know why? Because EVERY WAG has at least one pair of “Magic Jeans” in her arsenal. They are quite an effective weapon for attracting young, wealthy athletes.
    If you can truly ‘empathize’ with her, you would know this. Most women can spot this transparent approach from 300 m away.

  118. robert ethen says: Sep 14, 2010 11:40 PM

    One elderly fan at the Jets practice was overheard grumbling that he “couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.”. But it turns out he was blind.

  119. NUSprinter says: Sep 15, 2010 12:13 AM

    I think most of the players are right, perhaps the women reporters in the locker rooms are professional but you can’t say they have no interest in being around some of the most athletic men in the world. Especially if their all naked. Its just in the job description of an NFL player. Men and women must be allowed see you naked after every game to ask questions. They get payed for it tho’.

  120. Ridge_Runner says: Sep 15, 2010 3:48 AM

    The lawyers in the crowd realize that, in situations like this, prudence requires a thorough investigation and a demonstrated commitment to avoid similar situations in the future.
    If one wants to avoid similar situations in the future, quit letting women into the men’s locker room when the team is showering.
    It really is that simple.

  121. Ridge_Runner says: Sep 15, 2010 3:55 AM

    akuehn713 says:
    What other profession allows employees from one firm to meet with employees from another firm naked?
    The porn industry?

  122. egypt123 says: Sep 15, 2010 7:38 AM

    Do a Google search on images of this women and you’ll see why she probably got some comments or the reaction she did. Not that it’s right what the players did, but let’s just say she dress somewhat “provocative” (some would call it sleazy) on the sidelines. I can certainly see where players would misinterpret that as ‘asking for it’ or ‘acceptance’. Let me just say I’ve never seen any other female sideline reporter dressing like she does. Not even Erin Andrews.

  123. shallowfan says: Sep 15, 2010 8:29 AM

    Sounds to me like nobody really has a problem with players or anyone else saying to keep the women out of the locker room. The only ppl making a big deal out of it are the stupid lawyers and PR monkeys.
    why is it that nobody can say what is on their mind anymore?
    If it would be “unfair” (poor baby) to keep just the women out…keep everyone out. Reporters don’t need to be in the locker room anyway…there really is no purpose.
    btw…did anyone hear the audio from Ines…”I twitted on my tweeter” great audio…the best thing the media has brought us in awhile…

  124. Ska4Life says: Sep 15, 2010 10:12 AM

    Men can’t go in a women’s locker room, or else it’s sexual harrassment.
    Women can’t stay outside a men’s locker room, or else it’s a women’s rights issue.
    I love America.

  125. overkil2 says: Sep 15, 2010 10:36 AM

    “chitown26 says:
    September 14, 2010 7:06 PM
    I would harass her too if she was in my locker room and I was standing around naked.

    Then you are as much of an idiot as those Jets players.
    Remember, this is their job. Harrassment in a workplace is usually not tolerated, dumbass.

  126. AllThat says: Sep 15, 2010 11:44 AM

    I bet Bennie R wishes this chick was in Milledgeville that night…………..

  127. Deb says: Sep 15, 2010 12:43 PM

    @obsessed AbeFreshly …
    Your original comment
    She wanted to interview one of the most eligible bachelors in NY (Sanchez), in an environment where Sanchez would likely be naked. hmmmm Show up to interview a naked man dressed like this, & see what happens:
    You can’t just strut around in a lockerroom filled with naked men with that ass. GEEEEEEEEZ
    My original response
    Jackass … she wasn’t strutting, she was sitting there waiting for Sanchez. And SHE didn’t file the complaint. A woman that doesn’t look anything like her filed the complaint. She didn’t ask for ANY of this, so cut her a break.
    ******
    For some reason that small defense of Inez has prompted you to post paragraph after paragraph of speculative, rambling nonsense about me. She seems like a nice woman who was dragged into this by other people. Her wardrobe is indicative of her culture. I think we’d get along great.
    No, I don’t look like her. I’m not Mexican, have fair skin, a touch of auburn in my dark hair, and dress less provocatively.

  128. Silk32 says: Sep 15, 2010 4:22 PM

    ESPN’s Jemele Hill V. Shock Exchange on Portis and Inez Sainz . . . You decide —-> http://clicky.me/1oj0

  129. Deb says: Sep 15, 2010 6:26 PM

    @Silk32 …
    What are we supposed to be deciding based on that exchange?

  130. Allied Biscuit says: Sep 15, 2010 9:45 PM

    Yes, the Penis Relations are growing with the nfl players and their female sports reporters.

  131. CaptainMarvel says: Sep 15, 2010 11:28 PM

    Who cares.

  132. Marty says: Sep 17, 2010 1:07 PM

    The fact is, there is no compelling reason for reporters to be in a locker room at all, and the sooner they get them out of there, the sooner these kind of incidents stop happening.

  133. art says: Sep 17, 2010 2:49 PM

    The NFL could stop all this by having both men & women reporters go to a room off from the locker room to interview the players. the women teams do this??????

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