Sainz takes a shot at AWSM

Though the September 11 incident at Jets practice (and thereafter in the locker room) generated plenty of headlines for most of last week, the situation has largely disappeared from view.  But the reporter at the center of the storm — who seemed to relish the attention that the controversy created — has taken a shot at the organization that helped make her story even more of a story.

According to FOX, Ines Sainz recently wrote a column for the El Universal newspaper of Mexico City in which she criticized the Association for Women in Sports Media for making such a fuss about the situation.  (The ill-advised title of the column was, “My September 11th in New York.”)

“Today I wonder why a well respected association such as the AWSM,
within its right to inform about any violations of work conditions for
its members, acted so impulsively,” Sainz wrote.  “Considering that the AWSM was in fact worried about the event and about
my integrity as a woman and newsperson, why did I never receive a call
from them, and why were all these deeds denounced [by the AWSM] with
such certainty?”

Here’s why.  Because other reporters witnessed the conduct, other
reporters found it to be inappropriate and/or offensive, and other
reporters didn’t need Sainz’s consent or permission to make their feelings known. 

“A group of news people and communicators, eager to make an even bigger
scandal out of this situation, have moved women’s rights backwards at
least 50 years,” Sainz added.  “I am surprised by how easily some colleagues skip the basic rules of
journalism:  one should investigate, inquire, and look at the facts
before giving an opinion.”

But what else should have been done?  This wasn’t about whether Sainz found the conduct to be offensive, it was about whether the conduct objectively was appropriate — and potentially offensive to other female reporters who witnessed it.  The NFL found that the behavior wasn’t appropriate; thus, the AWSM was fully within its rights to complain, especially since Sainz presumably wouldn’t have said a word about it (unless and until she realized the potential boost it could provide to her career). 

We’re not surprised that Sainz, whose statements have been at times inconsistent throughout this episode, would now bite the hand that fed her publicity machine.  Then again, with the issue between Sainz and the Jets resolved, Sainz needs to find a way to create even more press and attention for herself.  So why not complain publicly about the group that helped her get all that publicity in the first place?

66 responses to “Sainz takes a shot at AWSM

  1. Dear Ms. Sainz,
    AWSM is not worried abouy YOUR intergrity as a newswoman. You are apparently a shameless cute face willing to do w/e to get “exposure”
    AWSM is worried about women in general. They are worried women wont be allowed into locker rooms (which many called for) they are worried women won’t be respected as reports, they are worried women will be judged primary on looks than achievement. They reacted on the harm to women, and not you.
    The thing is, if they ran a poll, most ppl would probably say just bad women from locker rooms. Your actions served as a reminder of how tenatous position newswomen are in.

  2. Sorry, but if any of you have seen this young lady, you would agree with me that she is “loaded”with a great body. She wears clothing that put’s emphasis on her greatest “ass…ets”. You can’t respect a woman that does not take this job serious. She reports the NFL as if it were “Entertainment Tonight”.

  3. “Here’s why. Because other reporters witnessed the conduct, other reporters found it to be inappropriate and/or offensive, and other reporters didn’t need Sainz’s consent or permission to make their feelings known.”
    And she doesn’t need yours or anybody else’s permission to comment on that reaction. It just doesn’t fit into your pissy little view of the world and that’s why your self-righteous drawers are all knotted up as usual.
    Florio, you’re so PC, you’re gonna make some lucky guy a great wife some day. You make your living on the freedom of speech but can’t stand it when someone doesn’t tow the company line.

  4. So much press for a non-story.
    Get me a press pass into a womens softball lockerroom. Then you’ll have a story.

  5. Seriously, I really doubt anybody cares about this. Please stop beating the dead horse and talk about, you know, football stuff.

  6. Maybe you should stick with journalism and leave the legal advice to lawyers. Every case I have heard of for sexual harassment takes into account the victim, which would be Sainz.
    The media is usually the dumbest people in the room.

  7. The other female reporters were jealous of the attention she was getting, so they decided to complain “for her”.
    Talk about much ado about nothing. This whole story is stupid.

  8. Who the hell else is reading the editorials from a newspaper in Mexico City besides you? She has a point with what she was saying but her flaw is that she doesn’t understand the litigious nature of our society whereby even someone who “witnesses” and “is made uncomfortable” by perceiving sexual harassment can sue or press charges. What a joke. Naked men in a locker room cat-calling a woman that looks and dresses like her is not sexual harassment. That’s just a good time for all.

  9. Florio, Ines Sainz is female, a foreign national, and a reporter. To me it highlights the degree to which the American media will pander to what ever group they want to be affected.
    Why is everything oh poor me? Sainz, the Jets and the NFL have all said nothing was WRONG? WTF is wrong with the American media there is nothing… absolutely nothing to see here.

  10. I find it incongruous that journalistic integrity is a concern in Florio’s article, while earlier today Rosenthal deleted posts lampooning his poorly written article in the most cowardly manner possible.

  11. It’s hilarious reading people dance around this issue with such political correctness. Solomon Jones from philly.com is the only person with the balls to say what every single man in America was thinking ( http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/103193374.html?cmpid=15585797 )…and florio, let me translate what you said into what you really meant: “But the reporter at the center of the storm — who seemed to relish the attention that the controversy created…needs to find a way to create even more press and attention for herself.”=”she’s an attention ***** who does not mind being objectified by hootin and hollerin athletes

  12. It sounds to me like the AWSM doesn’t really care for Sainz, and is just looking to promote its own agenda. They probably don’t respect her, or think she’s a real journalist. Otherwise they would have tried to talk to her.

  13. Sainz is an attention whore in disguise (not very well disguised).
    Everyone knows that in reality she just wants the BBC.
    It would make for some very entertaining IR pron though. Hopefully she considers it.

  14. Sainz isn’t helping the female cause at all.
    You can’t always take up for someone, if you find out that they behaved like an idiot.
    Her actions will only inspire further two digit IQ responses from people.

  15. This entire story line has gotten ridiculous, for several reasons.
    First off, we’re talking about reporters in a BATHROOM and SHOWER. What the hell does anyone EXPECT to happen in a bathroom? I mean, if I went into a bathroom, I expect to see people peeing and pooping. And if I went into a shower, I expect to see people you know, taking showers.
    The fact that people are intruding on players’ privacy then getting bent out of shape about the behavior behind closed doors OFFENDS me. Just like whatever behavior is offending these pansy reporters (both male and female) that somehow think that their presense where players poop and shower after games is somehow welcomed.
    I’m a fan of the collegiate approach: if reporters want access to players, fine. Inform the team, and the team will provide access to the players after the players have had a chance to you know, takea shower, use the bathroom, and actually get dressed first. Either don’t get bent out of shape by bathroom behavior, or ban all access by reporters (male AND female) to the locker rooms.
    To anyone offended by the Jets bathroom behavior… tell me why males don’t have access to women’s locker rooms? Bloody hypocrites.

  16. Down in Mexico the old men will tell you stories of The Ass Of Ines Sainz. Of young boys gone blind when she passed by, without ever having the chance to touch themselves improperly. You can see them tapping along the streets, with their hairy palms held out for coins, and the huge smiles on their faces.

  17. Mike, you are a feminist apologist. Shame on you. It is a shame (or a sham) that the AWSM did not contact Sainz to learn the truth before blabbing their mouths about what they think happened … Typical man haters. Take a trip to family court it you want to know the full extent of what these man haters do to men on a daily bass and then maybe you wouldn’t rush to side with this organization. Sainz hits the nail on the head.

  18. “Here’s why. Because other reporters witnessed the conduct, other reporters found it to be inappropriate and/or offensive, and other reporters didn’t need Sainz’s consent or permission to make their feelings known. ”
    QQ more.

  19. Having split with the voluptuous Rose McGowan, “Machete” director Robert Rodriguez plans a tribute to his hero Sam Peckinpah. He will remake “Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia” as “Bring Me The Ass of Ines Sainz”.

  20. Lemme know when you finish polishing your white knight armor, Florio.
    Sainz has reason to complain. She was used as a pawn in someone else’s agenda.
    Secondly you ask what should have been done. You state that an objective measure needed to be applied to determine whether the conduct was offensive….to the other reporters and not to Sainz herself? Ok that’s an interesting argument.
    Let’s examine that. You ask for an objective measure over something inherently subjective. Then you clarify exactly how subjective the situation is by letting us know that the “victim” herself was pretty nonchalant about the incident and much more upset that she became the unwitting poster child for someone else’s gain. Rather, the objective measure you choose to use was the opinions of the people who blew the story up – those reporters who have something to gain by hyping up a non-incident..er wait. Pretty self-serving not to mention completely arbitrary, no?
    I bet in your search for the correct judges of objectivity you would bypass the far greater number of readers, players, and other reporters offended by how a tiny minority with a very questionable motivation can drive conduct policy whilst also disregarding the very people they are pretending to be fighting for. That’s the real story. Unfortunately in covering it you’d be indicting yourself to the same moralistic criticism you so freely dispense to others. Like that would ever happen.

  21. Who cares? She’s hot, but her opinion of a group that has no impact on my life is absolutely meaningless.

  22. The fact of the matter is that Ines Sainz is used to that kind of treatment, so she doesn’t sees anything wrong with it, hence her declarations
    She is the kind of woman that likes being treated as a “trophy” wife/girlfriend; tah0s why she dresses as a “professional” sports reporter.

  23. I can’t place the quote…
    She’s not a whore, but she’s wearing the uniform.
    If it walks, talks, and looks like a duck….
    Even her own statements to the media are conflicted.
    This is a non story.
    Her goal was to be noticed…. It was accomplished and the MEDIA has been fooled as always.

  24. She’s still HOT. Maybe she should put on a cheerleading outfit for the team she is interviewing?

  25. Why don’t we just ban reporters from locker rooms and be done with all this nonsense. Why do reporters need to be in locker rooms anyway? Isn’t that what press conferences are for?

  26. Let’s be real for a second people…………she not like the women associated with the AWSM. She is an European woman with different views on sexuality. This is not to say that treating a woman in an unprofessional way in a work environment is acceptable……..now that this is out of the way…….
    This woman’s experiences, because of the way she looks, has been nothing like many of the women she may find as her co-workers. Sainz stated many times that although embarassed, she did not feel threatened and was not at all prohibited from completing her assignment. In comes the bottom feeder type women (who for their entire lives have longed for a second of attention that Sainz receives) using this platform to further the female empowerment cause. News flash………women in other countries have not been tainted like American women; these women don’t want to be the man and the woman.
    It probably felt good to bond with Sainz on some level……..even one as low and pathetic as this one. She is basically saying that I AM NOT LIKE YOU and if you really cared about me, you would have spoken to me about it. Let’s see some of the pictures of those women involved with the AWSM. I guarantee a less than 5% return rate on two piece bikini shots. Any takers? Losers do 100 pushups……….

  27. Who is she to determine that the complaint set the womens movement back 50 years? Dressing like a ho-bag when most women are trying to be taken seriously, in a male dominated world, sets women back… not a valid concern raised by an organized group.
    And while I’m at it, I’d have to say I have to agree with some of the football players. I’m not sure anyone should be allowed in the locker room while these guys are trying to get dressed and shower. Flipping the coin, how would women take it if men converged on their shower quarters with as much frequency as this appears to be becoming?

  28. She’s just an old fashioned girl, who knows how to take a little attention and ribbing from the guys……..the way America used to be before all the politically correct bullcrap kicked in.
    All of these uptight prudes who populate the womens movement should take a lesson from her. Enjoy life, and stop searching for every perceived slight and injustice.
    She has every right to tell these witches to back off and worry about themselves.

  29. Sorry Rezen, we said the same thing pretty much. I didn’t read the comments before I posted. (although you happened to say it much better than I did)

  30. Guess again, Mike. You want to know the reason why the AWSM took it upon themselves to submit a complaint/grievance without first talking to Sainz? Because they realized a) nobody knows who the heck they are, and b) this was an opportunity to get their name in lights. Period. End of story. Next.

  31. The AWSM did not feed her publicity machine, it fed its own. I heard about this and read it everywhere before they even got involved.
    And I agree with you, generally speaking about the appropriate behavior or lack there of from the Jets with the exception that I think she nailed her criticism of the AWSM perfectly. Exactly how right is it that the AWSM gets involved and doesn’t once contact her?
    Here is the bottom line. She has tapped into the feeling that most people feel about these “movements”, and you can throw in the NAACP and many others as well. They are well past their prime and are now only political machines that rely on the slightest controversey that they can pump up to try to keep themselves alive and relevant, jumping in and making situations that could be resolved without animosity even worse.
    These associations have done so much damage to themselves and their reputation that to most people they are just a joke and can’t be taken seriously and the AWSM did exactly that. It proved it didn’t care one bit about her or her plight (IE thus the no contact) and only cared about scoring politic points in the public arena because it knew that the NFL would generate big headlines for the AWSM.

  32. I highly doubt she is capable of writing such a well thought article that was printed.
    Someone needs to get her into a pron where she visits a football team locker room and gets gang banged. I’m sure a knock off is in the works already.

  33. I’m not sure why PFT passed on posting my first comment, maybe because it had one bad word in it. But I’ll try again:
    Inez Sainz is not a hooker and she is not a whore (well not that any of us know of). She is model who was hired by a TV station to get them more attention.
    This is why she didn’t complain about what happened, in fact didn’t even seem to notice it until it was pointed out to her. She knows why she is there, and accepts it (and the paycheck) without complaint.
    Did she go on a few talk shows? Yup- that’s her job, to bring attention to the station in whatever way she is told to by her bosses.
    So why are so many people attacking her? America is full of women who are famous only because their hot, she is hardly the only one.
    And again, don’t blame her for the league’s overreaction. She didn’t ask for it and didn’t want it.
    Just another case of the misogynistic woman haters on this site attacking someone because she reminds them of all the hot chicks who’ve rejected them throughout their sorry lives.

  34. I live here in Puerto Rico and some of the women commentators on TV would make Sainz look like a saint. They say that latin women are hot bloodedand like to show off, which they do all of the time. The way they dress is enough to tell you that from spiked heels to low cleveage blouses and short tight skirts. What makes me laugh about them is when they go to sit down they try and pull there skirt down,
    Thee are some female reporters and news commentators who are very conservative and still hold respect

  35. Crabcake says:
    September 22, 2010 8:16 AM
    She gives us women a bad rap.
    =====================
    How does she do that? By dressing sexy? Have you been to a nightclub lately? Have you read a magazine or watched TV lately?
    Again, if you’ve been paying attention, she didn’t ask for any of this. She filed no complaints, no lawsuits, and when asked about it admitted it didn’t bother her. She is a model, hired to draw attention to the station that pays her.
    You know, like hundreds of other women in this country. Did she dress any more provactively than what an NFL cheerleader wears on the sidelines?
    One more time- the league’s ridiculous overreaction to this incident IS NOT HER FAULT.

  36. If Andrea Kremer was in the Jets locker room and not Ines Sainz this whole brouhaha never would’ve happened.

  37. ChnChilla says:
    “Let’s be real for a second people…………she not like the women associated with the AWSM. She is an European woman with different views on sexuality”
    ChnChilla………last time that I looked, Mexico was not located in Europe.

  38. Sainz aint no saint here — she should’ve diffused this at the outset.
    I agree with the posters that the political correctness has gone wayyyy over the top … yet again.
    Like unions, Women’s libbers were once both useful and constructive in a positive way — they helped to right wrongs. But now they’ve proven to be selfish, manipulative and are steadily creating new sets of double standards to benefit themselves. Let’s see how many males are jamming a mic in Maria Sharapova’s face when she’s coming out of the showers.
    Amazingly, the mighty NFL and seemingly the vast majority of Americans grovel at their feet for their approval.
    Why not just say F you to ’em? Seriously. Why do the most powerful men in the free world and sport ….. get on their knees begging forgiveness for crap like this.
    Don’t even get me started on Al Sharptons of the world.

  39. Her article was written by Braylon Edwards’ official Tweeter.
    Don’t be so hard on the poor girl.

  40. “Here’s why. Because other reporters witnessed the conduct, other reporters found it to be inappropriate and/or offensive, and other reporters didn’t need Sainz’s consent or permission to make their feelings known.”
    Oh know…media rats saw something offensive happening and ran to tell someone of the injustice…once again journalists prove my point for me that they are a bunch of PC, everything must be fair, cry to the teacher because someone called them a name rats…
    Your stuff is entertaining and informative Florio that is why you have been successful and real football guys like to read your site, but since you joined NBC you have gone soft.

  41. “Florio, you’re so PC, you’re gonna make some lucky guy a great wife some day. You make your living on the freedom of speech but can’t stand it when someone doesn’t tow the company line.”
    ding ding ding we have a winner!
    “Florio, Ines Sainz is female, a foreign national, and a reporter. To me it highlights the degree to which the American media will pander to what ever group they want to be affected.
    Why is everything oh poor me? Sainz, the Jets and the NFL have all said nothing was WRONG? WTF is wrong with the American media there is nothing… absolutely nothing to see here.”
    ding ding ding we have winner number 2!

  42. If the woman says she was victimized by the anti-victimization squad…she’s excoriated? Suddenly she’s a fame whore, using the situation to her advantage? Must be nice to be able to read people so well that you can write a column on their exact intentions while simultaneously ripping them for not being offended.
    Florio, if anyone is setting women’s journalism back, it’s you and your patriarchal attitude. If she doesn’t want help, she DOESN’T WANT HELP.

  43. “I am surprised by how easily some colleagues skip the basic rules of journalism: one should investigate, inquire, and look at the facts before giving an opinion.”
    PFT writers should take note of this!!!

  44. Seriously, she keeps complaining that other people mad a big deal out of it, but she refuses to shut up about it.
    Girl, don’t go away mad; just go away!

  45. I guarantee you that she wanted and enjoyed this controversy. I have no doubt she dressed and acted in such a way in order to get this attention just for this reason.
    And yes, any story about her should include a pic.

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