Was Ines Sainz Harassed by The New York Jets?

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When Ines Sainz went to New York to interview the quarterback for the Jets she got more of a story than she bargained for. Sainz complained that one of the assistant coaches seemed to be throwing balls at her on the sidelines, and once she went into the locker room, several Jets player made inappropriate comments towards her. Clearly this is wrong, right? The poor innocent sports journalist was just minding her own business trying to get an interview, right?

This is what Ines Sainz wore to the football game.

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz stands on the field at halftime of the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens game on Monday Night Football in week 1 of the NFL season at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on September 13, 2010.    UPI /John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

These are her football shoes.

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz stands on the field before the New York Jets play the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in week 1 of the NFL season at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on September 13, 2010.    UPI /John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

And these are the jeans she wore to the interview. Okay, let me be clear. I don't think she was asking for it. What I am saying is that the woman billed as "The Hottest Reporter in Mexico" -- the woman who if you do a google image search for "Ines Sainz," half of the pictures are of her in a bikini and a third are of her butt. Is this really the first time this has happened to her?

I don't think anyone should be sexually harassed. I don't think men should be jerks, but I have heard worse walking around on the streets of New Orleans. Hell, I've heard worse at the gas station, and I was wearing a business suit. Perhaps the real question is if she was truly offended or if this is a publicity stunt.

Ines Sainz said she accepted Jets owner Woody Johnson's (I'm not making that up) apology on Monday. So why is she still doing television interviews? Let's keep in mind that this woman covered a Super Bowl by measuring player's biceps. I'm sorry, how is that not offensive? Double standard much?

Again, I don't think anybody should be harassed. Then again, I don't think that anyone male or female should be in the locker room. Nobody needs to see that. But my point is that this is bad press for everybody. How are female sports reporters supposed to be taken seriously when the one that gets the most attention is the one in the painted on tight jeans that cries sexual harassment? This is our role model?

This whole thing made Emma Carmichael want to give it all up. I can't say I blame her. This makes us all look bad, the women reporters, the football players, The New York Jets, Mexican News -- everybody. Stefanie Loh says that "There’s no excuse for sexual harassment in the work place, and the Jets should know better." And she is absolutely right. So why is this whole story leaving a bitter taste in my mouth? Why do I find myself taking their side? Maybe because the only direct harassing quote I could find was "This is our locker room." I think Janet Dahl explained it best:

In the last few days, the 24 hour newsmongers have jumped on the horrific abuse of the newsbabe Inez Sainz at the hands of the NFL Jets. The NFL jumps in, condemns such rampant sexism, orders sensitivity training. Commenting athletes from other teams are censured and have to apologize. Pardon me if I quote Chad Ochocinco when I say, "Child, please." This was not a case of sexual harassment. It was a case of media madness, with a south of the border twist.

Yes. That is it. So let's all calm down and act like grown ups. The workplace is the workplace. Let's act like it and dress like it. And maybe it is time to close off locker rooms to all reporters. We don't have these problems in college football where the interviews are all conducted in tents.

BlogHer Contributing Editor, Sarah can also be found at Sarah and the Goon Squad, Draft Day Suit and MamaPop.

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