The sports world has been rocked by another sexual harassment scandal.
On Saturday, Ines Sainz, a reporter for TV Azteca, was at the New York Jets practice, and was allegedly harassed by players from the Jets, according to The Daily Mail. Sainz was on the sidelines when the players started intentionally throwing footballs in her direction as an excuse to talk to her. When she was waiting in their locker room to interview Mark Sanchez, she was subjected to cat calls and sent out a tweet saying how “embarrassed she was.” That tweet was the impetus for colleagues of Sainz to report it to The Association of Women in Sports Media to ask the NFL to investigate this as sexual harassment.
The Ines Sainz case is an unprecedented sexual harassment case in sports. Ines herself did not claim that she was sexually harassed; it was The Association of Women in Sports Media who asked the NFL to look into the case.
Woody Johnson, the Jets’ owner, apologized to Sainz and she accepted the apology. Sainz also appeared on “The Today Show” and on “Good Morning America.” She said that she wouldn’t have reported the incident. Sainz also said that this wasn’t the first time that stuff like this had happened to her, and, when many have tried to blame it on her style of clothing, she says that, “It’s my style. It is my style for all my life,” according to AOL News.
Because Ms. Sainz doesn’t think that anything needs to be reported, the Jets will probably get off with a slap on the wrist. They should treat any reporter the same no matter what they look like, and that will definitely be discussed with them. This isn’t the only thing that will be weighing on the Jets’ mind for their next game.
The Jets are also dealing with trying to determine whether or not their part in the HBO documentary, “Hard Knocks,” had anything to do with their loss to the Baltimore Ravens, 10-9. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was taunting Jets head coach Rex Ryan that he had learned everything he needed to know about the Jets’ playbook, according to the NY Daily News. Ryan said that he saw a lot in the episodes of the Jets’ training camp reality show. Even though Ryan just dismissed Cameron’s heckling, it has to be weighing on his mind now that the Jets lost the game.
Both of these factors combined are going to make it difficult for the Jets to focus on their week 2 game against the New England Patriots. They need to get past both of these things by dismissing Cameron’s claims and not focusing on the past. With the Ines Sainz case, they need to act like gentlemen the next time an attractive lady comes into their locker room and earn back the respect of their fans this season.
Mail Foreign Service, “‘No hard feelings’: Harassed female reporter accepts NY Jets apology (but she goes to game in another revealing outfit)” The Daily Mail
Deborah Hastings, ” Ines Sainz, “I’m Not Trying to Provoke Anything” AOL News
Kevin Armstrong, “New York Jets coach Rex Ryan laughs off Cam Cameron’s claim that ‘Hard Knocks’ revealed play schemes” NY Daily News.