Another ugly scandal has reared its head surrounding the sports world and a female reporter. Unfortunately, it also involves one of the players that kids everywhere look up to and admire. While it is a shame, it still has not played out yet and it remains to be seen how much of it is true or not.
Think back to when the first female reporter was allowed inside a men’s locker room. Scandal erupted soon afterward as the athletes reacted badly at having a woman in their locker room and said things to her that she took offense to. It was a long time ago and some might not remember.
If I may offer a solution to this problem? I’m sure it is one that the athletes will embrace, but the press will not be happy with. I think it is time for all members of the press, be they men or women, to be banned from the locker rooms of men or women athletes. If I were an athlete, I know I would not want to be interviewed while I was fresh out of a shower and wearing only a towel and my teammates were walking around naked. I think the press should have a designated area where they can wait for the athletes to finish with their showers and then come out to talk with them. Is their excitement over winning going to be any less because they had to wait for a few extra minutes for these men or women to shower and spend some alone time with their team mates celebrating? I don’t think so.
If I were married to an athlete, I know I would not be happy having a female reporter in the locker room being able to ogle my naked husband. Oh, sure, they say they remain professional and all, but you are standing in a room full of naked men, for Pete’s sake. Are you going to shut your eyes the entire time?
How about the husbands of the women athletes? Do male reporters have access to the women in their locker rooms and do interviews with them while they are fresh out of the shower wearing only a towel and other teammates are running around naked? And they don’t look?
In all fairness it is time to banish the press to a press room and to allow the athletes some privacy in their own locker rooms. The stories will still get told and player’s spouses will probably be a little happier knowing some good looking reporter is not interviewing their mate while he or she is naked. It makes sense to me, but then again, when was reporting ever about making sense.