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. 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. Spidey-Man

    If she felt uncomfortable she should have just left. Not the NFL has to investigate? Investigate why a woman is allowed in a Man's locker room.

    September 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SheWiz

    JETS ... or JERKS

    September 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    What's the problem with her looking for a little GB action?

    September 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed

    She's so attention-starved she'll probably have a baby so she can breast feed it while doing interviews and get more on-air time.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. nightman

    So did anybody else notice that pic is from 2007 superbowl?

    September 15, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    So many people are saying that she should be "professional" because reporting is her job. Well, those guys making the comments were on the job, too–so they should be professional as well. Comments like that wouldn't have flown in any other workplace, why should pro athletes be treated differently?

    September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    Think they should sue her for trespassing sign does say men's locker room. How about the men's expectation of privacy while in the locker room bad enough having to change and shower with a group of men. Add a woman into the mix and they have to show off to hide their insecurity. But seriously I want to become a reporter for the WNBA, woman's tennis, or something so I can have permission to go into the women's locker room without getting arrested. 🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amy

    If you are going to dress like that don't walk into a room with all men & not expect comments to be made. Hello people we live in a enviroment where people look & make comments. If you don't want to be harrassed don't go showing your stuff in the mens locker room, bar, or etc. Common sense goings a long ways.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • goma

      its great to see you think victim blaming is an acceptable reply.
      so kids rolling around on a playground are just "taunting" pedophiles?

      January 26, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amy

    If you expect to dress like that & no comments be made you are wrong. We live in an eviroment where people look & make comments. Common sense goes a long ways.

    September 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the Decider

    ¡Ay yi yi yi, muy caliente y bonita!

    September 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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  12. idiots

    Amazing how low standards are, she is a butter face to the max! The only good looking thing about her is her body, the rest looks like dried up leather skinner cougar....

    September 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rivmariner

    there we have another example of joy behar, just because yuo can´t dress likeINEZ doesn´t mean you are going to try to put her down i don´t know if you have ever been harass or not but the way a princess dresses or anybody for that matter doesn´t give u the right to cross that boundary, those players need to get a life, I mean they really must be desperate if they are going to behave like dogs everytime thay see a LADY!!!!! I hope it turns out a really sh_____y! season for them....

    September 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
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