League reminds teams of policy regarding female reporters

In the wake of Saturday’s it’s-too-bad-Hard-Knocks-ended-last-week incident in the Jets’ locker room and comments from players like Redskins running back Clinton Portis and Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, the NFL has reminded all teams of league policy regarding equal access and conduct.

“Women are a common part of the sports media,” the memo said, per Barry Wilner of the Associated Press.  “By law, women must be granted the same rights to
perform their jobs as men.  Please remember that women reporters are
professionals and should be treated as such.”

Aiello also told Wilner that Portis’ comments from Tuesday were “clearly inappropriate, offensive, and have no place in the NFL.”

In a Tuesday posting on the Association of Women in Sports Media’s website, Amy Moritz confirmed that “equal access to the locker room is supported by law, and several court cases support this dating back to 1977.”

Moritz points to a lawsuit filed by Time, Inc. after former baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn denied locker-room access to Melissa Ludtke of Sports Illustrated.  A federal judge ruled that male and female reporters should have equal access to the locker room.

In the NFL, both the Buccaneers and the 49ers have faced legal action (for the Bucs it was only threatened, not filed) to ensure that the locker room would be open to female reporters.

So to all of you who have suggested that the easy answer to the Ines Sainz situation would be to ban females from locker rooms, the law prohibits this.

Still, NFL teams should expect male and female reporters to behave as “professionals,” and access should be denied to specific persons and/or organizations who fail to adhere to the standards respected by the vast majority of reporters.  At the root of the not-so-subtle (and inappropriate) suggestion that Ines Sainz “asked for it” is the more valid question of whether she truly was operating as a professional reporter, or whether she was merely hoping to create a stir.  If it was the latter, she never should have been there.

68 responses to “League reminds teams of policy regarding female reporters

  1. It’s funny you’re running on Dockett and Portis but check out Chad’s opinion on the matter on his twitter account.. He seems to think she was asking for it too by not dressing professionally while she was in the locker room.

  2. Simple solution.. ban all reporters from locker rooms. Its the player’s private area to get dressed and hang out as a team. The media really has no place in it.

  3. I’m sorry but if all of these women are so called “professionals” then they need to act like it. This particular woman is the type that gives all of the women that are working hard to get somewhere in that business a bad name. You can hardly be called a professional dressed like that. If you want to be treated like a professional then act like a professional, not like some two-bit dime piece filly.

  4. I actually think that both Male and Female reporters should be banned from the locker rooms. Or simply have an area close to or as part of the locker room in which players having showered and dressed can be interviewed.
    Maybe I have missed it but why does one not see male reporters in locker rooms of various womens sports performing interviews.

  5. Hell yeah let them in the locker rooms while the guys have it hanging, they want equal access they can’t bitch about what they come into.

  6. This is easy. Institute a dress code for reporters, both male and female. If players need to act professionally at all times, then reporters do, too, and dressing like a skank is not professional.

  7. The solution is simple-Players and coaches are the only ones who should have access to the locker room. This should be an NFL teams “inner sanctum” and a place where they aren’t getting a mic and camera thrust into their faces. Let the media have all the access they need-outside of the locker room, at least give them the privacy to shower, dress, and compose themselves after a game.

  8. well what is she wearing in the locker room. A shirt with a rack of cleavage exposed that you could rest a beer on. Pants so tight with her perky ass strutting around, I mean you gut a bunch of testeroned m’f’ers in there. She’s definitely looking for attention.

  9. Easy solution. Ban all media from the locker room and require the players to be dressed and meet them in a designated media area/room.

  10. Are male reporters allowed the same access as female reporters to WNBA locker rooms? Assuming anyone actually would read what a reporter would write about a WNBA game.

  11. Very easy solution (so the teams will never adopt it) don’t let male or female reporters into the locker room. Why do they need to be there anyway? I certainly don’t ever watch those interviews.

  12. Are reporters allowed in women locker rooms for the WNBA and women’s soccer. I mean if any reporters go the those games. If not why? I don’t remember ever seeing an interview of a women from a locker room.

  13. “So to all of you who have suggested that the easy answer to the Ines Sainz situation would be to ban females from locker rooms, the law prohibits this.”
    Most of those suggestions said to ban All reporters from the locker room. That is perfectly legal since everybody gets equal access. The NFL failed to address the cause of the problem. The players have known about they policy yet the “embarrassing” incident still happened. It will happen again unless they remove the cause of the problem…reporters in the locker room.

  14. Some may not like this, but isn’t the best answer staring us in the face? Keep all the reporters out of the locker room regardless of gender. A locker room should be a special place of team ccohesivness and spirit. Things happen there that don’t belong in a headline, and we should protect our players . Make the players available afterwards like we do now, but keep the press out of the sanctity that should be the locker room.

  15. Male reporter wears similar attire that Ines wore they would get cat calls of a more sarcastic nature. She knows what she is doing and that’s why she didn’t push the issue, she wanted the attention.
    I need to find out how to sign up to report on women’s volleyball, water polo and diving.

  16. How about establishing a dress code for all media personnel in the locker room.
    Shirts with collars buttoned to the second button from the top, blazers, and slacks or skirts at or below the knees.

  17. Here’s an idea, use a locker room for changing, use a podium for interviews. Just keep ALL the media away from naked people.

  18. Yeah, why isn’t it illegal for men to be banned from womens locker rooms, but not for women to be banned from men’s locker rooms?

  19. There is a difference between a professional female sports writer and a slut who covers major stories. I think the NFL needs to be more conscious of the women covering the stories.

  20. Get everybody except for players out of the locker room. This isn’t life and death, we can wait to hear Romo’s excuses. Hail!!

  21. Media needs to be limited to POST GAME outside of the locker room.
    Bottom line is that they need to stop bothering coaches as they go to the locker room for half time as well.

  22. Didn’t we go through this twenty years ago? Surprised there is no mention of the Zeke Mowatt/Lisa Olson incident.

  23. “So to all of you who have suggested that the easy answer to the Ines Sainz situation would be to ban females from locker rooms, the law prohibits this.”
    While the law prohibits it, I don’t see male reporters in any women’s lockerrooms so obviously they’re being omitted from that beat even if they aren’t being “denied” that right. It would be insanely easy to get rid of all female lockerroom reporters, just like NFL teams can circumvent the Rooney Rule if they so choose (interview, don’t hire).
    But even if they continue to allow female reporters into the lockerroom, then they have zero right to expect or require 53 male athletes to change their behavior in THEIR personal space because they sent a woman in there. If men and women are truly equal, then there is NO NEED for them to change their behavior.
    But we all know “equal sexes” is complete bullshit. It’s nothing but a double standard no matter how you look at it. In a domestic violence situation, the man is always forced to leave. In a divorce with children, the mother will always get custody of the children unless she has proven to be incapable (drug addict, in jail, etc.). Men are still expected to pay for everything when going out. And women are allowed into a male lockerroom while men aren’t allowed into a female lockerroom.

  24. She has a right to show her body off and should proudly, but there are places for that. Not at work though. Showing up in a locker room in skin tight jeans and a clevage bearing shirt is not what I consider professional.
    Look at her pictures, none of her attire is Professional for a reporter, at least not one who wants to be taken seriously. I wonder how her interview for her job went..

  25. I see. A bunch of grown men who are supposed to be professionals act like juveniles seeing a woman for the first time and it is HER fault?
    There was most likely at least one tape recorder going in that locker room at the time. There is evidence of what really happened. Let’s go to the tape shall we?

  26. I am officially booing everytime i see a female reporter interviewing a player. They know they are only there because of their looks. People, the world is slowly getting geared towards women. I know young men in high school that cant get a job to save their lives, but the cute girls get hired in 5 seconds. wake up!

  27. Reporters in the locker room is an outdated idea to begin with. Reporters are there to get the hot quote or scoop, but players are so well coached now all they are getting is a cliche. I think reporters are in the locker room now to schmooze and buddy up to the players for the most part. Ban them all from the locker room.

  28. @Smiley
    Why did I take a shot over this? All I did was bounce a peso off her “money-maker” a couple of years ago.
    Tony Romo

  29. I’m all for a dress code. That goes for cheerleaders too. I’m sure that will open up a whole can of worms. They’re all looking for attention from men so why are they complaining when they get it. As far as being in the locker room, they don’t belong in there. Where is the professionalism in sports now? Everyone from cheerleaders to reports to players. Seems like anything goes. A little common sense would go a long way.

  30. does somebody have a pic of how this woman was dressed like ?
    the way some people are posting about it here, it would seem that she turned up dressed as a street hooker

  31. douible standard. if female reporters are allowed into female sports lockerooms then male reporters must be too or this AP reporter or feminist talk is absolute hogwash !

  32. For all of you who asked if male reporters are allowed in women’s locker room (I was wondering this myself), I did a Google search and came up with this:
    “Men are, indeed, allowed in women’s locker rooms. Driving into work on Monday I heard a nationally syndicated radio commentator lamenting the fact that he couldn’t go in women’s locker rooms. Apparently he’s never attempted to cover women’s sports — sadly, not too surprising. But as this particular radio talker works for a network that covers both the WNBA and the women’s NCAA basketball tournament — and also employs several high profile women sports reporters — you’d think he might have checked his facts.”
    link: http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/24597500
    BTW, I don’t think that ANY reporters should be allowed in ANY locker room. Interviews should be done once the athletes have a chance to shower and compose themselves.

  33. Florio, Ines Sainz DID NOT file that complaint. She simply posted a tweet saying she was embarrassed. Someone from the Association of Women in Sports Media filed the complaint. Ines thought she overreacted. Either that organization was:
    1. trying to create a stir for the NFL, or
    2. trying to create a stir for Ines Sainz.
    She may wear provocative clothing on her Web site, but in the locker room she was wearing jeans and a blouse. I’ve seen Pam Oliver in the same outfit. Ines represents a Mexican television network and has interviewed athletes in many sports. Am I supposed to be offended by her when Fox has Jillian Barberie Reynolds on the payroll? Let’s be real: Andrea Kremer, Suzy Kolber, and Michele Tafoya are the exceptions. At least on the broadcast side, most female football reporters are sideline Barbies. Why pick on Ines for looking the part?

  34. Why is it that this so called reporter can dress how she wants, no matter how unprofessional, then others must act professional in her presence? Now that is a double standard?
    Curious….are male reporters allowed in the WNBA locker rooms?

  35. I’m a female and I absolutely hate female reporters on the sidelines interviewing players. They all loaded down with makeup, that’s all you notice. Why don’t men get those jobs? Just curious.

  36. Do they let male reporters into a female locker room? Or do they ban all reporters? I vote for banning all reporters, and making the players available in a separate room.
    The players were inappropriate.
    She was dressed unprofessionally and inappropriately for a journalist. And I’m convinced she’s only doing this to get attention.

  37. Ines can’t be barred from the locker rooms, but she will be required to wear a Surgeon General’s warning posted on the back of her jeans in future.

  38. As with all liberal “journalists” run amok, it is not surprising that this issue has been framed through politically correct lenses. The Real Reality of the Ines Sainz Situation is that women have no place in a men’s locker-room while it is in use no more than men have a place in a women’s locker-room while it is in use. Period – end of story.
    Of course, such a common-sense approach was nowhere to be found in numerous articles about the situation. What is worse, is that Clinton Portis was forced by politically correct pressure to issue a retraction/apology for being correct. Yes, Portis was crude in his comments, but he ultimately, was correct and it is a shame that he had to retract his crude, but correct comments. This is the frightful power of political correctness; a man, who is ultimately correct, is forced to apologize while an outrageous and erroneous policy is vigorously defended by all the so-called “journalists.” Through political correctness wrong is made to look right and right is made to look wrong.

  39. Yes, why AREN’T male reporters allowed in lockerrooms at female sporting events? Hmmm. Maybeeee it’s because they’d have to sue to get in and maybeeee that hasn’t happened because, oh I don’t know, men don’t give a rat’s ass about professional female sports??? Ya think??
    Bottom line is men are unable to control themselves where women are concerned, therefore women must be punished. Instead of a man being expected to control himself, women need to be covered. The muslim women have to be wrapped up in a burqa and STILL if something happens — it’s her fault.
    Fundy’s make their women wear skirts, believing that covering their legs makes them less of a temptation to men.
    If a woman in any culture gets raped — “she was asking for it.” It’s her fault. She must have dressed the wrong way, sent the wrong signals, done something to make the poor man lose control.
    It’s the same misogynistic garbage in different forms, down through the centuries, evolving and changing form with the culture but still, always there. It’s so ingrained that women even turn on each other.
    Whatever. Same circus, different clowns. Carry on.

  40. Use the link below to see just how “professional” Ines Sainz is at work. Scroll down past the bikini pic(s)
    This is only one example of how this “professional” reporter shows up for work. Just google her name using google images and you can find hundreds of pics just like this one.

  41. wow what a bunch of dumb comments.
    1- she is a member of the media
    2- she dressed casually for a casual event, jeans and a blouse being normal attire for human females last time I checked
    3- her mode of dress is entirely normal for Latin American culture and would not be considered abnormally provocative by her peers
    3- she should have been treated professionally by the NFL…
    she wasn’t
    the NFL again proving that the players will try to be the worst role models possible and the owners and league won’t do anything serious about it.
    and now, because she had the nerve to be beautiful, NFL fans are telling her the same things the Jets and CP did: she isn’t professional and was looking for it…. nice

  42. “Bottom line is men are unable to control themselves where women are concerned”
    Sexually sterotype much Kye? There is not one thing in your post that is actually true.

  43. What Florio and all the other “journalists” aren’t telling you, is they are “pro” woman reporters because they don’t want journalists banned from locker rooms. It’s the easy solution and it is the decent thing to do, which is why they are all against it. Anyone who has ever played sports at a high level can tell you that you come into the locker room after a game filled with emotion. If you won, you’re sky high. If you lost, you’re angry and upset. That’s why they want to be in there. When your emotions are at their extremes, that’s when you’re most likely to make a mistake and say something you’ll regret. The “journalists” are playing “gotcha” with the players. If all reporters are banned from the locker room, guys can shower in peace, get dressed, and collect themselves before speaking to the press. That’s a reporters worse nightmare! The NEED the raw emotions so they can bait these guys into making a mistake. They want the players to get upset, ideally violent, and go off on a rant. It generates rating or “hits” or sells papers – it’s what these vultures live for. You let a player clean up in peace and get their emotions under control and the “show” won’t be as entertaining. And they can’t have that. Look at the average sports reporter. These guys were NEVER athletes. They were the guys who got stuffed in lockers by the athletes. This is their “payback” for never having the stones to get on the field and play. Those jocks tortured them in High School, so now it’s their turn.

  44. jtsacksyou says: Simple solution.. ban all reporters from locker rooms. Its the player’s private area to get dressed and hang out as a team. The media really has no place in it.
    I agree 100%. There is a press room for reporters to interview players. No need to be in the locker room at all, no matter what the sex of the reporter.

  45. For all of those saying that the reporter is being unprofessional at work, I disagree. She’s doing her job perfectly her job is to get the attention and one on one time with a group of men. In any situation who would any of us men like to sit down and talk with an attractive woman, or a guy who looks like most sports writers. The harassment issue in this case is seeming to come by harassment by association. According to federal law it is harassment even if a bystander is offended by the treatment towards someone else. The female reporter in this case posted on her twitter account that she wasn’t offended the day the news of this broke. Someone else is the one who complained and started this. This woman has made it her goal to achieve in her job and knows what it takes to do it. She’s getting a lot of flack she probably doesn’t deserve seeing as how she wasn’t the one that started all this. Also since everyone is proposing a solution to this situation how about just waiting until all of the players are dressed to perform interviews in a designated area of the locker room. Please do this NFL we don’t need another Vishante Shiancoe I felt bad enough about myself before seeing that on a Sunday where I had lost a few hundred bucks betting (legally in Las Vegas of course) on that game.

  46. So if women are allowed in men’s lockerrooms while they are changing, showering… naked. Are men allowed in women’s lockerrooms during these same times? It’s all about equality people. 🙂

  47. @Colts18
    Give me a break.
    You too.
    The attitude of someone ‘deserving’ to be treated disrespectfully because of the way they dress in a locker room is complete bullhonky. The arguement is hopefully how people SHOULD treat one another, not how they DO treat one another.
    Regardless of dress, this person was doing her job and should be treated accordingly. Not catcalled because datt assssssss.
    Clinton Portis was totally wrong btw, and way off base. @ the dude who posted support up there.
    Majorly disappointed as a Skins fan and huge Portis fan. Thought he was smarter than that.

  48. nfl needs to ban all reporters from the locker room. just end this pointless discussion about players locker room conduct now.

  49. @longestlegs …
    Amen. I thought Portis was hysterical … doesn’t really understand the female psyche, does he?
    YES, male reporters are allowed in the WNBA locker rooms. They have a designated time period when reporters of both genders go in to interview the athletes. It’s supposed to work the same way in the NFL.
    Sainz has been interviewing soccer players for years without any problem. Apparently only NFL players (and fans) are unable to control themselves around her backside.
    She’s Latina. Her wardrobe is not unprofessional in her culture. Not everyone in the world wears button-down IBM.
    She doesn’t wear bikinis on the sideline. But I believe Jillian Barberie Reynolds has worn them on air on Fox NFL Sunday. Did you guys complain then?

  50. ANUoldman says:
    September 15, 2010 11:55 PM
    wow what a bunch of dumb comments.
    1- she is a member of the media
    2- she dressed casually for a casual event, jeans and a blouse being normal attire for human females last time I checked
    3- her mode of dress is entirely normal for Latin American culture and would not be considered abnormally provocative by her peers
    3- she should have been treated professionally by the NFL…
    she wasn’t
    the NFL again proving that the players will try to be the worst role models possible and the owners and league won’t do anything serious about it.
    and now, because she had the nerve to be beautiful, NFL fans are telling her the same things the Jets and CP did: she isn’t professional and was looking for it…. nice

    1 – You have two #3s.
    2 – Showing up to work is NOT a casual event. This isn’t a company picnic; this is her job.
    3 – Her heritage is irrelevent. She was working in a professional capacity and was dressed unprofessionally. Your standard employee doesn’t walk into work in shorts and a t-shirt. She should at least be dressed business casual, if not full on business professional – not like she’s going to the club.
    4 – Yes, she should’ve been treated professionally, but she is dealing with a bunch of men on a testosterone high. Does it excuse them? No, but it’s not surprising – especially given her choice in attire.
    The solution, as has been suggested several times, is to ban all reporters from the locker room.

  51. The league will never ban reporters from the lockerroom. The league gives the media anything they want…
    Why not require all reporters to bring beer and bikinis and have a party…it’s not like any real work is getting done by reporters in the lockerroom anyway…

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