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. Bobbi

    Anyone see her outfit this morning on the Today show? Really? Cute for clubbing, not a national morning show.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. mybikedied

    Political correctness the disease that will be the downfall of man kind. I say everyone goose her to see what interesting sounds she can make.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tina

    She originally stated that she had no problem with anything that happened at the camp and it wasn't til the next day that she found out that someone had complained "for her" and she didn"t do anything to provoke this? low cut top? skin tight pants? and super hot? ok....and your around a bunch of men yea your going to hear some stuff you don't like! This is the dumbest thing to post on the news, especially since SHE DID NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT TO BEGIN WITH!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nikki

    Not that this makes it "ok" but when I googled this chick to see what all the catcalling was about, I couldn't find a picture of her fully clothed.I don't know the details of career or image in Mexico at all BUT, if she chooses to furthur her journalism career by being, well, half naked most of the time, then these are the kind of reactions your gonna get.I google Erin Andrews, I see pics of a well dressed attractive young woman, key word being DRESSED.She even received some "she was asking for it" comments, so this Ines chick gets none of my sympathy.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    In a word: testosterone.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    She said she didn't think anything about it....it was someone else who said something to the media

    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yinka

    Let me guess,she dressed that way because she does not like the attention she is getting,I think America has become a country of puritan,who get cut with their pants down,and start crying I have sin,when we all know it's not your first time.
    Let a good looking male reporter go into a ladies locker room,dress in his speedo for an interview,and see how many people complain about it.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. robert

    A woman that exposes her breasts to the world should not be surprised at what men do around her, especially when they are in their locker room. Get over Sainz! Or get another career.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    This is B.S. She got what she was looking for. She wanted attention. Can male reporters go in female locker rooms after games and interview them when they are naked? Why can women go in mens locker rooms under the same condition then? Keep women out of male locker rooms!!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. denise

    She dresses like a HOE what did she expect?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Amber

    Did this woman really think she would just waltz in to one of the most testosterone-laden places on Earth, with her fake boobs popping up out of a tiny tanktop, and not get attention? Come ON.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Art

    What are women doing in men's locker rooms? Why can't men go in women's locker rooms? The day men are allowed in women's locker rooms is the day this kind of story should get press coverage.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Desiree

    Grow up, woman.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. jjmalcolm

    she is not Ms. Spain, she was born in Queretaro, Mexico... that is another Ines Sainz

    September 14, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Geoff

    This is stupid.. Do you see the way she dresses and she walks into a locker room of men.. What do you expect it is a non story get over it.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Sorry but common sense is not allowed in America any more. Only the most stupidist people have a right to speak. You and I will be required to move to Canada or to join Jim Morrison, still alive somewhere in Europe.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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