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NFL reaches conclusion on Ines Sainz

Posted on: September 17, 2010 6:14 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the NFL won’t punish the Jets for their alleged harassment of female TV reporter Ines Sainz (we’ve been talking about it ad nauseum) , commissioner Roger Goodell announced this evening the league will implement a training program for all teams on proper conduct in the workplace.

It’ll also implement “an expanded set of best practices for media relations,” and all of these programs and practices are meant to work with the league’s current media policy.

Oh, and Jets owner Woody Johnson is the one who will be underwriting the program. So, I guess, in a way, New York is kind of being punished.

The program will be given to rookies beginning next season (assuming, of course, there actually is a season), and it will be given to the teams as a whole this year. The policy will have input from the Association for Women in Sports Media.

More from the release:

In reviewing the incident of Saturday, September 11 involving TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz during the Jets’ practice and open locker-room time for the media, the NFL interviewed 17 individuals that were present, including Ms. Sainz. Commissioner Goodell determined that while there was unprofessional conduct, Woody Johnson and his staff acted promptly to correct the situation, including a personal apology to Ms. Sainz and arranging a professional education session for the Jets on workplace conduct.

“I believe this is the most constructive approach,” Commissioner Goodell said. “There is no debate about the longstanding equal access rule of our media policy. The issue for us, like all organizations, is proper conduct in the workplace, whether it is dealing with the media, co-workers, fans, or others. It is our responsibility to provide a professional setting for members of the news media and other business associates that work with our teams and the league. We appreciate Woody Johnson stepping up promptly to properly manage the situation at his team and agreeing to underwrite this new initiative for all clubs.”

In a letter to Mr. Johnson, Commissioner Goodell said, “The conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better last Saturday, but your prompt action in calling Ines Sainz and Mike Tannenbaum’s subsequent discussions with Joanne Gerstner of AWSM have made clear the club’s commitment – and your personal commitment – to ensure a respectful and professional environment for all members of the media.”

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