Was sports reporter Ines Sainz clothing, too provocative for interviewing Mark Sanchez, in the locker room of the New York Jets? We’ve all heard about the allegations that certain players from the Jets payed this particular reporter entirely too much attention — many say she was sexually harassed. Clearly, if the allegations are true the Jets are culpable — but Ines Sainz needs to use a degree of common sense.
On the other hand, regardless of where you are from in the world — if you want to be treated like a lady it begins with something pretty basic — how you dress. Although it is not politically correct to say this sort of thing — it is merely my opinion. Wouldn’t it be really awesome, if we lived in a perfect world where women could actually run around scantily clad or wearing sexy clothing all the time — without anyone attempting to harass them?
Unfortunately, in the real world also known as Planet Earth — people do judge a woman based upon how she chooses to dress. Perception becomes a reality for many people — both male and female.
As a professional woman in any field, it is laughable to wear clothing that screams “look at me, look at me,” and then take issue when people predictably do notice your physical attributes and make obnoxious comments to you in public.
Sexual harassment is never OK. NFL players should be professional and think before they speak. As a person who fully understands the dynamic of male athletes in a locker room — I feel that when it is time for the media to enter those guys need to act accordingly. But playing devil’s advocate here — usually female sports reporters do not opt to wear skin tight jeans, gaudy earrings and a fitted white shirt to interview an NFL player in a locker room.
Check out her interview apparel in this VIDEO on CBS News.
I applaud the fact that Ines Sainz, is proud of her body. But as a reporter from Mexico — for TV Azteca — she is no fool. It is likely that Sainz was fully aware of the attention her outfit would receive from the players when she put it on that day. In the past, as Miss Spain and a sports reporter — chances are she has traveled throughout the world. She cannot really be that naive in terms of how to dress as a media professional outside of Mexico.
According to the Huffington Post —
Sainz said she started to hear people make jokes about her the minute she walked into the locker room. She decided not to pay attention to what people were saying and move on with her interview with quarterback Mark Sanchez. She explained that there have been similar reactions when she has entered a lock room before, but “the vocabulary was never so rude.” Sainz went onto say she “thinks the media in the locker room was upset about the vocabulary they used to refer to me.
If you have received “similar reactions” in a locker room before, perhaps you might rethink your approach relative to “on the job” fashion? On her Twitter page the day of the interview, she said from the locker room — “Me muero de incomodidad! Estoy en los lockers de los jets esperando por Mark Sanchez y mientras tratando de no mirar a ningun lado!!”
Based upon my translation her words are — “I’m dying of embarrassment! I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez and trying not to look around!”
Apparently, she began to feel uncomfortable when some of the guys from the Jets were allegedly making crude comments. The sports reporter was so “embarrassed” she had to tweet about it on Twitter, via her Blackberry to her followers. Later, she claimed she was surpised the story had spread to the media overnight and become such a big deal. Oh really?
In the future, if you want to be treated like a “real reporter” who interacts with athletes, perhaps you should dress a bit more conservatively for interviews — on the field and inside locker rooms around the world. Please leave the revealing tank tops, skin tight jeans and fitted shirts you commonly wear for interviews where they belong — hanging in your closet at home.
Let me be 100% clear. I am in no way condoning sexual harassment from professional athletes or anyone else.
But let’s keep it real. If you decide to run into a locker room to interview grown men as a female sports reporter — dress like a person with some decorum. Based upon her history of flirtatious interactions with players and her questionable attire –Ines Sainz makes a mockery of real female sports reporters. Pictures are available online where she is mounted on the shoulders of two football players. In another shot, she is measuring a player’s bicep. A serious sports reporter? You be the judge. Although she has the media credentials, Ines Sainz is an entertainer of sorts. We all know that sexy eyecandy on television will always sell. It is in fact a no brainer.
Does she deserve to be sexually harassed? Certainly not. But going forward, perhaps she should analayze why athletes feel like it is permissable to be disrespectful toward her. Many people have argued that this is all due to cultural differences. Even though I have watched plenty of Univision — I beg to differ. I have traveled to Mexico countless times. As a visitor, I would not sport the type of attire she had on here in the States while traveling in Mexico — or any other country.
You can be an attractive woman and still command respect from others, based upon the image you choose to portray in any environment.
Jeans that look like you have to literally peel them off of your body — never a good idea when you go to work.
As a grown woman, take some degree of responsibility in how you present yourself to other people. Don’t wear clothes to NFL games that scream “I’m a bikini model” in my spare time. If you change up your work clothes, you probably won’t have men interact with you in an unprofessional manner on a regular basis. It’s relatively simple.