Offensive Lines?: NY Jets Apologize After Locker Room Flap With Female Reporter

Several Players Reportedly Taunted a Female TV Reporter in the Locker Room.

September 14, 2010, 1:48 AM

Sept. 14, 2010 — -- The Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Jets in a nail biter on Monday night football but it was Ines Sainz -- the woman who calls herself the "hottest sports reporter" in Mexico -- in the spotlight.

"I tried to minimize the effect and say 'don't worry, focus on your job and try to pretend nothing happened,'" said Sainz, a reporter for Mexico's TV Azteca.

Several Jets players reportedly cat-called and taunted Sainz in the locker room on Saturday while she waited to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Coaches also allegedly threw footballs on the field so they would land near her.

On "Good Morning America" today, Sainz said what happened on the field was a joke. But as soon as she walked into the locker room, the situatiuon changed.

"I have all the attention of the whole locker room. But I didn't feel in danger," she said.

That's when Sainz tweeted she was "dying of embarrassment," and called the atmosphere "uncomfortable" for a woman to be in the locker room.

"She's a credentialed reporter -- the New York Jets and the NFL credentialed this reporter -- she should expect only the most professional, courteous behavior that you would find in the workplace. And that field and that locker room is a workplace," said Christine Brennan, a consultant.

But Sainz took the incident in stride.

"I don't pay attention. You know need to do what you need to do," she said.

Although Sainz said she wasn't too concerned about what happened, others around her were.

The Jets and the NFL are now investigating the incident.

Woody Johnson, the team's owner apologized to Sainz personally.

The Jets released a statement in response to the incident Monday: "The New York Jets believe that reporters have a job to do and it is our obligation to provide them with proper and professional access. Woody Johnson spoke with Ines Sainz of TV Azteca today to discuss the time she spent covering the team yesterday. He stressed to Ines that he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. We will continue to work with the League to gather the facts and take any appropriate steps necessary to maintain a respectful environment for the media."

"The Jets have already taken steps to address with the team proper conduct in the workplace that's what the issue is," said NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello.

Sainz said she didn't think it was a serious subject but would be cooperate with authorities during the investigation.

Professionalism in Question

Sainz's outfits have been the subject of some comments.

Sainz defended herself by posting a photo of what she was wearing that day on Twitter. She was wearing a pair of jeans and white tank top.

There were no shortage of opinions from spectators who said she was a little "too provocative and maybe dressed improperly to be in a men's locker room."

But Sainz defended her fashion sense and outfits.

"That is my style all my life. I've never had problems," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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