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. lk

    I cant wait to see what His kingship Commissioner does to them he tried and convicted Ben. the Steeler nation should expect the same stand for them

    September 14, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Willie12345

    Didn't she use to be on that reality show "Tramps of Mexico City" ?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. johndemos

    This girl is not Ms. Spain! she was born in Queretaro, Mexico... a lot of hot women from Mexico recently...

    September 14, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. rthewalus

    The way I see it female reporters shouldn’t be allowed in a male locker rooms. I’m not condoning how the players reacted. However, you put an attractive, woman into a locker room filled with half naked men; what do we as a society expect? I didn’t think it was a good idea several years ago when a female reporter entered into the Patriots locker room and the players reacted in a similar manner as the Jets players did this past weekend. There needs to be space, and privacy. If women reporters want to interview players they should do so at press conferences or on the field. Not in the locker room! This is also, how I feel about male reporters going into female locker rooms….. Wait, are male reporters allowed in female locker rooms?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Truth

    You dress like trash....you get treated like trash. Not a hard concept to understand. Especially as a "professional" reporter. Why should they take you seriosly when you don't take your job seriously?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. svscnn

    Solution: No more female reporters allowed in the NFL locker rooms.

    Simple.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. PCola Vet

    This is stupid. She looks like a freaking Victoria Secret model, and goes into a MENS lockerroom? What does she expect?

    September 14, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sandora

    That outfit says respect me as a reporter... whatever

    September 14, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    You-tube the video where she is hollaring at Tom Brady before a Superbowl game asking him to marry her. My ? is. Why is it ok for her to shout at men but when men hollar at her, she is bothered by it.. Child please...Just another ploy for a no-name to make a name for themselves!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stu

    Can I get access to the women's dressing room at the Miss USA Pageant? Please? (I just hope them gals give me some hoot'n and holler'n if I get in there)

    September 14, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. butch

    Horrible fake boobs.

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

    She was on the Today show this morning and the blouse she wore was cut down to her navel and her boobs were hanging out. She shouldn't dress like a "ho" if she doesn't want men to make comments. She's a joke!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. david l

    Yawn..............

    September 14, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Neil

    There is a difference between writing about sports and going into a male locker room while guys are showering. Women can write about the games and talk about them in the news all they want, but they do not belong in a male locker room. It's no place for a woman... period. Male reporters should not be granted access to female locker rooms either.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. xpr

    What did we expect? What do you think happens when a smoking hot reporter walks into a room full of testosterone driven grunts? Exactly what happened. And I agree that female reporters should NOT be in the players locker room, there should be a separate room designated for interviews.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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