Monday, October 5, 2015

Female reporters barred from Jaguars locker room during media diversity weekend: Report

Three female reporters were temporarily barred from entering the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room following the team’s loss to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Graham Watson of Yahoo Sports, Joey Chandler of the Tuscaloosa News and the Tulsa World’s Katie McInerney were not allowed to enter the locker room by someone they described as an usher, reported the Indianapolis Star.

“At first we thought we had the wrong door,” Watson said. “He said, ‘I’m not sure you’re allowed back there.’”

Chandler added: “He said, ‘I’m sure you know how guys are, I’m just warning you.’”

Ironically, the women were reportedly at the game as part of the Associated Press Sports Editors sports media diversity weekend.
According to Watson and Chandler, after the man stopped them, he started asking people if they were allowed in the locker room, delaying their entry for two to three minutes. Someone with the Jaguars eventually told him they were allowed in, according to the women.

According to Watson and Chandler, the public relations teams of both the Colts and the Jaguars later apologized for the incident.

Colts spokesman Avis Roper said “the usher was in an area where he didn’t know who was allowed access.

Or the "geezer" as Watson so succinctly put it.

Funny, you don't you hear male reporters barred from women's locker rooms after a game complain about exclusion? And while these righteous female reporters were quick to jump on social media and start tweeting discrimination, why aren't they calling for equal access for their male counterparts at women's events?

There's still a thing called privacy — even in 2015.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a woman, and I totally okay with women not being allowed in the locker room. Yes, "It's still 2015," but some things are not okay. There are plenty of opportunities to interview the players once they're dressed.