September 13th, 2010
06:34 PM ET

Reporter says she accepts Jets owner's apology

[Updated, 6:34 p.m.] The owner of the New York Jets has apologized to a TV Azteca reporter following allegations that Jets personnel harassed her at practice this weekend, and she has accepted, the reporter told CNN's Rick Sanchez on Monday.

The NFL says it is investigating media reports that Jets players behaved inappropriately - including allegedly hooting and hollering at her in their locker room - when Ines Sainz visited the team Saturday to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for the Mexican TV network.

Sainz said Monday that Jets owner Woody Johnson called her to apologize. ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier Monday that Johnson said he offered an "open apology" to her.

"I accept the apologies, and I said thanks to him for the concern and all the rest of the team, because he promised that he is going to make everybody on his team respect … women," Sainz said on CNN's "Rick's List." "And I think the important point is that women deserve respect in any profession, so I think it's going to happen."

Sainz said that although she told Johnson not to worry, she did feel a little uncomfortable because of players' behavior in the locker room, and that she thinks the behavior was unacceptable.

"I think that it’s not good that this kind of thing happened, and it mustn't happen anymore. I'm agreeing with the idea that it's good that everybody knows that a woman or a man deserve the same treatment in the locker room," Sainz said.

According to the New York Post, Sainz claims that while she was standing on the sidelines at practice, Jets coach Rex Ryan and a member of his staff overthrew passes so they would land near her.

Then, when she entered the locker room to interview Mark Sanchez, she said she heard players discussing her.

"I try not to hear anything, try not to pay attention. My cameraman told me, 'Don't look on the right, don't look at the left," she said. "But I really feel the noise and all the environment was talking about me."

She said she never felt she was in danger in the locker room. Later, she said, other reporters said they heard the players say things about her that she didn’t hear.

"One colleague – one female colleague – came with me and [told] me, 'I'm so sorry. It mustn't happen. It's not OK,'" Sainz said. "So I tried to calm her. … I really know that she [heard] something that I didn't hear, and the rest of the media … heard things that I didn't really hear. So I really appreciate the concern about it."

[Original post, 9:58 a.m.] The New York Jets think this is their year. They were one game from the Super Bowl last season, were just featured on HBO’s NFL documentary series “Hard Knocks” and their coach Rex Ryan is on the cover of this week’s New York Times magazine and seems to love putting himself and his team in the spotlight.

So you’d think that with their season starting tonight with the first game in their brand new stadium, on Monday Night Football no less, they’d be thrilled to be on the front page of the New York tabloid papers. But today’s publicity isn't the kind of publicity the Jets really want - the league is investigating whether coach Ryan, a member of his staff, and some of his players behaved inappropriately toward TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz.

Sainz, working with one of the most popular Mexican TV networks, was at the Jets camp Saturday to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.

According to the New York Post, Sainz claims Ryan and assistant coach Dennis Thurman overthrew passes so they would land near her. The Post also says Jets players allegedly hooted and hollered with Sainz walked in the locker room.

Sainz, former Miss Spain, tweeted that she was “dying of embarrassment” according the Post.

Sainz' Twitter page

TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz pictured during the 2007 Super Bowl.

Sainz, being her own Monday morning quarterback, addressed the concerns in an interview with a TV Azteca reporter, saying while she was embarrassed, she didn't realize it was going to become that big of a deal.

Sainz told her colleague that she did notice that footballs were being thrown her way but, “to be quite honest, it didn’t bother me… I took it as a joke, and none of the footballs actually hit me.”

“It was definitely a joking tone, very amicable," Sainz said, regarding the tone Sanchez had with her. “I wasn’t offended.”

But she did say in the interview that she didn't hear everything said about her - and apparently several other members of the media took the interactions much more seriously. She added perhaps they heard something she hadn't.

“I was surprised to wake up on Sunday and have a call from the NFL , saying that they wanted to talk to me about what had happened at the Jets; and I asked… what happened?" Sainz told TV Azteca. "And they said well there is a pretty powerful accusation of harassment and then it was at that point I realized the magnitude of what had happened. “

The NFL says it’s investigating and The Association for Women in Sports Media says the Jets and the league have been responsive to their concerns. They also say on their website that they plan to hold an educational session for the Jets this week or next.

The Jets are one of the favorites to go the Super Bowl this season, but the New York Daily News’s Gary Myers looks at how this incident could derail the team if they’re not careful.

soundoff (861 Responses)
  1. Carmen

    Did anyone else understand that interview?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dr britt

    i like turtles

    September 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Li

    Yeah, because she totally got fake breasts to be taken seriously.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adam Norton

    I'm all for gender equality, but this women in the men's locker room thing has to stop. What are women expecting? What we have is a double standard. You don't see men in the women's locker room after professional sporting events interviewing players, heaven forbid! Can you imagine the fuss if a male reporter was interviewing professional women's tennis players in the ladies locker room while they were wrapped in nothing more than towels?
    Get out of the men's locker room ladies and stick to the sidelines unless you want to let men into your locker rooms.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oldironeagle

    Good God have we all become politically stupid, she is a doll and the players are doing exactly what any young man full of testosterone supposed to do stupid things to get her attention.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JustMeChris

    "They also say on their website that they plan to hold an educational session for the Jets this week or next." They need to hold an educational session for the Jets on how to score a touchdown.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darlene

    She absolutely loved the attention she was getting. I'm totally over this story. NEXT!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DOLFAN

    This is the only thing the Jets can get in the news for. Did you see tonight's game? PATHETIC!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    If She was in My locker room I'd Hoot & Holler too. If You women cant take us men appriciating beauty STAY OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM

    September 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. thedon

    Has anybody posted what "probably" happened?

    You have a smokin hot chick. Who didnt even notice or care about the attention, because its normal to her. Then you have a bunch of jealous other chicks, who happen to be reporters that never get any attention like that. They saw the players doing what comes normal whenever hot chicks are around. Regardless of on the practice field or not....Guys like hot babes. And so they ring the bell to the Jets management. Jets management decides to apologize Dont blame the smokin hot chick. She didnt have any issue. Blame them jealous chicks.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ENF

      mmmm no that is not what happened at all. She tweeted it. It was her own words. Media got a hold of it. Done. If she hadn't tweeted this would be a none story.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barada

    Well she seems to have more class than the Jets, and certainly more than some of the commenters here.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pete

    http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=ines%20sainz&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&biw=1036&bih=977

    I'm sorry? The woman in these photos is upset about men "hooting and hollering" at her in a suggestive manner? Maybe if she wasn't showing off her body so much she'd be treated a little more professionally.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      LMAOFF

      September 13, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    If she was fat and ugly and in the locker room this would not even be a story. Problem here is she is so hot!! Single! Not to mention, are male reporters allowed in womans locker rooms??

    September 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JONNYBRUD

    What an idiot, what did she expect. That's like wearing trashy clothes to a Viagra convention and wondering why you got groped.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    SHE IS SO HOT>>>>>>>> Give me a break. Hot reporter in male locker room =??

    September 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
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