Monday, September 13, 2010
J-E-R-K-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
By Tony Mangia
Jets Players Get Offensive With Reporter
A female sports reporter for TV Azteca of Mexico has complained she was harassed with catcalls and sexist remarks at the New York Jets training camp by team players. Now NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall has stepped in and demanded answers from the players and coaches accused of the improper conduct.
Ines Sainz, 32, a former Miss Universe was at the New Jersey camp to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sainz accused some players of throwing footballs at her feet and making rude comments so nasty she wanted to "cover my ears."
The reporter who calls herself "the hottest sports reporter in Mexico" and has appeared in numerous bikini photo spreads tweeted "I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez while trying not to look anywhere." Another female reporter backed up Sainz and said Nose tackle Kris Jenkins yelled, "This is our locker room!"
Players were allegedly throwing errant passes in her direction and they whistled at her as she walked away. Linebacker Jason Taylor reportedly asked if he could join in the passing drill to get closer to her. She said she was leered at and blocked as she tried to walk away.
Sainz claims she was dressed conservatively in a button-down shirt and blue jeans and emphasized that they are "in no way inappropriate." She posted a photo on Twitter of herself on the sidelines to prove her point.
Jets' owner Woody Johnson contacted Sainz to get her side of the story and said the team will take "steps necessary to maintain a respectful environment for the media." The Association for Women in Sports Media has contacted the NFL and complained that, "Women in sports media should be treated equally and professionally while working in the locker room."
The Jets prepare for tonight's opening game against the Baltimore Ravens and a team spokesman said the issue was addressed at a team meeting.