I don't think it would work out too well if a male sports reporter was running around a WNBA locker room, trying to slap Diana Taurasi with a towel, and then claiming to be the ?center of attention? and ?having all eyes on me?. One could argue that this is more or less what Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz has been doing in pro football locker rooms, and she has recently been at the top of the headlines for her drama with the New York Jets.
It was reported in the New York Post that the Jets defensive backs coach, Dennis Therman, purposely overthrew passes that landed near Sainz on the sideline. The Post also reported that the players made sexually suggestive comments in the locker room after practice. Sainz herself ?tweeted? ?I die of embarrassment! I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez while trying not to look anywhere!?
Below is a reenactment of the alleged incident:
Alarming stuff indeed. Sexual discrimination in any form is something that organizations with deep pockets like to stay away from. However, with all that has been said on the matter, although I of course do not condone sexual harassment, I believe if someone is using their ?looks? to gain an advantage, they can not complain that they are getting unwanted attention. She claims to be the best looking reporter on the planet, so I don't think she would be treated the same as a ghastly creature. When you type her name into google, you don't see any photos of her with a pen and pad taking notes, you see her posing half-nude.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis summed it up best on a DC radio station when he said:
"And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. And you're just sitting here, saying 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."