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. libshateusa

    She is a farce of a sports reporter.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DB

    I like how here boobs cradle that necklace

    September 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vikki10

    She's a very pretty young woman who dresses to accentuate her physical attributes and then wants to hang out in a men's locker room. Cause and effect, sweetie. If you don't like the attention you're getting, quit asking for it.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sick of PC Behavior

    Lady – get a life! – you walk in a Football Dressing room and guys whistle! Men don't have to change for you – you have to change for them if you want to cover Male Sports – Get lost PC Creep Lady – She stunk before as reporter!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nate from Atlanta

    Gawd she is so frickin hawt!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Zaius

    Isn't amazing to see how an already rather ugly Joy Behar becomes profoundly, hideously ugly when sharing a screen with a hot chick. Of course hot chick or not, Behar incredibly, manages to becomes even UGLIER than before, the minute she opens her fat mouth. How this woman ever made it in a medium like TV is beyond comprehension.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Noel

    She makes me want to illegally enter Mexico. Joy doesn't like her. I don't think Joy likes anyone.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marc L

    She is right. Who do these men think they are behaving like men in a locker room around a smoking hot woman? Give me a break!

    September 14, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Spoiled Talentless Brat

    She uses her looks – Then complain when men whistle – what a phoney! Get rid of her as fast as possible and give us a real women sports reporter that can hang with the guys not this no talent bimbo!

    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rv41

    My word, that woman is amazing...she has the kind of beauty that will make men lose control of their concentration and do stupid things. And she knows it.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Evan

    That woman's a saint. Not many women would have as much class to forgive.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    I agree with everyone else, very simply put, she or any women for that matter has no business in a men's locker room.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wolfhoundcop

    Not too smart a woman in a men's locker room. What was she thinking? Talk about all the wrong signals. Maybe men should interview in the women's locker rooms, I bet that would never happen. Sorry but I think the Jet's and other teams should make a strict rule "NO" Women in the locker rooms and that ALL interviews be conducted outside locker rooms. Harassment on the field and other common places should not be tolerated.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Evan

    I should add that the moment I saw her, and this is a rarity for me, I exclaimed "Wow, what a righteous babe!"

    September 14, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. moisture missle

    Why the hell is a woman in the guys locker room at all? She's cute enough to get first dibbs when they come out. Lets see more guys in girls sports locker rooms...see how far that goes!! Or Maybe I could get the ideal job at victorias secret, being a lingerie fitter!!!
    You bring on your own problems babe, and you hope for a good lawyer right?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
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