New York Jets players and staff investigated for ‘harassing’ female TV reporter

September 14th, 2010 by Staff

Source: — The New York Jets and their coaching staff were today under investigation for allegedly harassing an attractive TV sports reporter.
Former Miss Spain Ines Sainz was watching a Jets training session when she was subjected to cat calls and on-field jokes at the Florham Park, New Jersey training ground, it was claimed.
During locker room interviews after the practice session, several inappropriate comments were made in the direction of Sainz, who works for Mexico’s TV Azteca.

She later Tweeted she was ‘dying of embarrassment’ during the episode on Saturday which has prompted Jets executives to probe their team’s conduct.

In a statement, they said: ‘The New York Jets believe that reporters have a job to do, and it is our obligation to provide them with proper and professional access.
‘[Team owner] Woody Johnson spoke with Ines Sainz of TV Azteca today to discuss the time she spent covering the team yesterday.
‘He stressed to Ines that he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.’

The team said Joanne Gerstner, of the Association for Women in Sports Media, had spoken with Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and also has contacted the NFL.
‘We are working with that organization to schedule an educational and awareness session with the team,’ said Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.
A team meeting was also held to address the matter, he added.
Sainz, who once described herself as ‘the sexiest sports reporter in Mexico’, was at the session to interview star quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Staff and several players were being investigated for unsporting conduct, the New York Post reported.
It was also claimed that players were deliberately overthrowing passes to allow them to retrieve the ball from near where Sainz was standing.

Sainz, who has previously appeared in several magazines wearing just a bikini, defended her appearance at the Jets practice session, insisting she dressed modestly, and posting a photo on Twitter to back up her claims.
‘Jeans and a white button-up blouse [are] in no way inappropriate,’ she tweeted.
She complained she was bombarded with so many catcalls at the training facility that she wanted to ‘cover my ears.’
But she later appeared to make something of a u-turn, claiming she ‘never felt attacked’ by what happened in the locker room and suggesting that it was other reporters who brought up the issue.
‘In my opinion, I never felt attacked, nor that they reacted grossly toward me,’she said.
‘I arrived in the locker room and there were comments and games. One of the other reporters came up to me and apologized for what was happening, but I thought [the players] were joking around.’
She then wrote on her Twitter page: ‘Thanks everyone for your support. I already spoke to the NFL, which will decide if there will or will not be consequences.
‘I can say that at the time I didn’t want to pay attention to what was happening but the rest of the media heard clearly and in solidarity have denounced what happened, hoping that there is always a respectful climate.’
The Jets play their first game of the new season tonight against the Baltimore Ravens.

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