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Jets Reportedly Face Fine From League For Ines Sainz Situation
Published September 15, 2010
|Ryan Offers To Talk To NFL About Sainz
Situation, Says Team Open To Sensitivity Training
The NFL and the Jets are taking the situation involving TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz "very seriously," and there "isn't much doubt" that the Jets face a fine for their role in the situation, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. League security was at the Jets’ HQs yesterday “to talk to players and coaches about their alleged involvement in this incident,” which involves players and coaches possibly sexually harassing Sainz on the practice field and in the locker room. La Canfora: “If some of what's been reported turns out to be true, I would not be surprised at all if we're looking at a strong reprimand and a major fine. Remember, Jerry Jones got fined about $100,000 last year for some comments he made regarding the CBA negotiations. Maybe we see something north of that in this case” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 9/14). NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said it is "premature" to say whether there will be any league-issued sanctions. Aiello: "We don't have all the facts yet." He did note Jets Owner Woody Johnson has “already taken steps to ensure proper conduct in the workplace" (NEWSDAY, 9/15). The story was covered on all three network morning shows for the second straight day, with ABC's Cokie Roberts saying, "It was interesting how the NFL really did apologize and they're investigating. I suppose that's a good thing" ("GMA," ABC, 9/15).
RYAN WILLING TO TALK: Jets coach Rex Ryan yesterday said that he "has offered to talk to the NFL about the investigation into whether Jets players and possibly coaches acted inappropriately” toward Sainz. Ryan: "I volunteered to talk to them. We want to have an environment here where everybody's comfortable." He added that the team is "open to sensitivity training." Ryan said, "It's something as an organization we're going to look into. Bring people in that maybe will help, provide that kind of environment. We're certainly open to that." Ryan said that the NFL "had not yet spoken with him about the incident," and that he "had not spoken to Sainz." Ryan: "I really don't know what happened, what took place. If anything I'm finding out as well" (Manish Mehta, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/15). ESPN N.Y.'s Jane McManus reported NFL VP/Security Milt Ahlerich "met with Sainz at NFL offices Sunday, and another security representative met with her again" at the Ravens-Jets "MNF " game. The league is "looking to see if the Jets created an uncomfortable environment for Sainz and others present, and if the Jets failed to act professionally during the time that the media is allowed to be in the players' locker room" (ESPNNEWYORK.com, 9/14).
LEAGUE SENDS UPDATED MEMO TO TEAMS: USA TODAY's Jon Saraceno reports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's office yesterday "directed that a memo be sent to team public relations directors asking them to reinforce long-standing league policy regarding news media cooperation." The league added that "NFL player development directors would discuss proper conduct with players." The NFL "repeated its policy" in an e-mail to Association for Women in Sports Media Chair Jenni Carlson. The Jets have contacted Carlson and the AWSM "to arrange an educational session with the team." Meanwhile, Sainz said that "her opinion regarding discipline was irrelevant." Sainz: "What I heard was not a big deal. I did not find it sexually offensive. But other reporters approached me; my colleagues were concerned" (USA TODAY, 9/15). ESPN's Antonio Pierce, who played nine years in the NFL, said, "You're going to see a lot of PR departments within all the organizations talk to their players about this and I can speak as a former player, it was uncomfortable at times having women in the locker room while guys are naked. But there's a certain way you go about handling that” ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 9/14).
|Portis Apologizes For Comments
About Sainz Controversy
PORTIS APOLOGIZES: In DC, Rick Maese noted Redskins RB Clinton Portis yesterday "apologized for comments he made" yesterday on WJFK-FM on the Sainz controversy. Portis yesterday morning during an appearance on "The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner" said, "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." But Portis yesterday afternoon in a statement said, "I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. I respect the job that all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues." The NFL "came down on Portis earlier Tuesday but apparently has asked the Redskins to deal with the running back" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/14).
ENOUGH ALREADY? MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann gave the Bronze Medal in his daily "World's Worst Person" segment to Sainz. Olbermann said, “Various women's media groups have thrown their weight behind her even as she undermines every hardworking woman sports reporter who knows the game. … Why do the National Football League and its teams keep giving this network credentials? You have to keep Super Bowl Media Day and team locker rooms open for stunt reporting?” ("Countdown with Keith Olbermann," MSNBC, 9/14).
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS: The Jets/Sainz situation is already beginning to become a topic on late-night talk shows. ABC's Jimmy Kimmel said, "Something happened at Jets practice on Saturday. A reporter from a Mexican TV network was there to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, and apparently when she got there, some of the players went nuts because, well, primarily because she looks like this. And supposedly they were throwing footballs in her direction so the receivers could get near her and making comments in the locker room, conduct unbecoming of the sophisticated gentlemen who play professional football. So the owner of the Jets, Woody Johnson, apologized to her which must have been a funny phone call. 'Hi, this is Woody Johnson.' I'm pretty sure that is sexual harassment in and of itself" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 9/14). NBC's Jay Leno: "The Jets are coming under scrutiny now for allegedly harassing a female sports reporter. This is a huge story. But the team's owner, Woody Johnson, said he talked to the female reporter and assured her the team is committed to treating all women with respect. Unfortunately, the reporter thought she was being harassed again when he introduced himself as Woody Johnson" ("The Tonight Show," NBC, 9/14).