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Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:51 pm
 
The Ines Sainz situation simply will not fade away (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a story that just will … not … go … away, Chicago LB Lance Briggs said what probably many, many NFL players believe (including Redskins RB Clinton Portis): women should not be allowed in an NFL locker room.

I know you know this already, but this story started with Ines Sainz and a debate has sprung up across the football nation about whether female reporters – or any reporters at all – should be allowed in the locker room. Portis weighed in, only to have to issue a statement of apology a few hours later.

Now, we’ve got Briggs, who told NBC Chicago: “I don’t think women should be in the locker room. The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we’re naked, we’re walking around and we’re bombarded by media.  A lot of times I’m asking the media to wait until I’m dressed."

Most reporters who have jumped into the fray – including quite a few women (including well-done posts by Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post and Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer – and the vast majority have defended why the media have the right to be in the locker room. One exception is CBSSports.com’s own Gregg Doyel, who wrote all media should be kicked out of the locker room.

As Doyel predicted, the media will disagree. Including me.

As somebody who’s been in hundreds of locker rooms and clubhouses, there is absolutely nothing sexual about the experience, and if you asked every reporter you’d meet, 99 percent of us would say that we’d rather interview athletes who are wearing clothes. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen an athlete flirt with a female reporter, because I have. And I’m not going to lie and say I’ve never seen a female reporter who dresses inappropriately (I think she was a college intern, and she immediately got a stern scolding from her sports anchor boss), because I have.

But I think most athletes realize we’re there to work, and though most of them probably would prefer us not to be there (although for certain times during the day, the locker room/clubhouse is our workplace as well), they understand and respect it. I don’t think fans understand it or respect it, so many of them likely will agree with Doyel.

One last thing I’ll say about Sainz. Obviously, I wasn’t in New York when she allegedly was harassed by some of the Jets players and I’m unfamiliar with her locker room demeanor and her work in general (except her behavior at Super Bowl media days that wasn’t real reporter-ly), but if you look at pictures of her where she’s got credentials wrapped around her neck, it’s tough to argue that she doesn’t dress suggestively. She certainly doesn’t deserve the harassment, but you have to wonder if what she wears casts a poor light on other female reporters who don’t dress like that and display nothing but a professional attitude.

I think it probably does.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

I completely agree with GoGreenBay and Lance Briggs, this is a situation where they've been there, done that, and it isn't a necessity.  Give the players their privacy to at least sh-t, shower, and shave! for crying out loud.  It always seems to be a double standard to me in American society, female reporters (and male reporters for that matter) who have no business being in any locker room, while you never see male reporters in any female locker rooms (because most female sports aren't relative in our society)and I wouldn't want them in there either! The MEDIA can wait till they come out of the locker room and then get their damn interview or ask the same question we've all heard over and over and over again!  It's not like any of these reporters have an epiphany and solve world peace while they are interviewing anybody, anyway.  Here's a simple solution to an annoying problem, want to get rid of sexual harassment in sports locker rooms, KEEP THE MEDIA OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOMS!  Here's one more comment i know will infuriate all the libs  If it smells like a pig and looks like a pig it must be a ---, well then if you dress like a slut and you look like a slut, then you must be a s--t.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

I don't really think women should be allowed in the locker room either. And if that's sexist, don't let anyone in the locker room.

As far as that woman goes, this is going to be the best thing that happened to her. Talk shows and fame will be followed by a Dancing with the Stars appearence and her hosting some show on a bigger network I am sure.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

i'm leaning towards all media out of the locker room for an hour after each game and practice (or whatever it takes the athletes to shower and change) and then having a mandatory media period.   and by the way, are male reporters allowed in the locker rooms of our women's professional soccer and basketball teams??



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

We live in an increasingly retarded world. Let's just be real. This reporter has chosen to exploit herself to get ahead in her career and now it backfired because human nature reared its ugly head in a locker room. How can anyone sympathize with this woman? She does NOT represent professionalism in any way unless the profession we are talking about is the oldest one in the books.



Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2010 7:15 pm
 

Lance Briggs gets into Ines Sainz discussion

I agree with not blaming the way Ms. Sainz dressed, because the problem at hand is the media in general being in the locker room.

Wizzbanger I still have to say you may have read too far into that line. Nobody told her not to ear what she did, and she followed the rules. But holy cow did you see those jeans? It definitely fits my opinion of suggestive. It's a subjective term also which can mean different things, and Josh didn't chastise her for wearing that outfit, just thought that it fits his definition of suggestive also.


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