TV Azteca sports reporter Ines Sainz has accepted an apology from New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. The reason for the apology stems from incidents on the practice field Saturday and derogatory language directed at Sainz after the Jets’ game with Baltimore on Monday night, according to the Washington Post.
Sainz said that she’s dealt with male bravado in the locker room before, but the words were “never so rude” as with the Jets, in a report filed by CBS News. Everyone involved in the incident will be interviewed by Tuesday. Sainz was there to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who ended up going 10 out of 21 and threw for 74 yards.
The Jets’ Season
Call it karma that the Jets lost their opener and didn’t even score a touchdown. Sure the Ravens didn’t do much better, but every win is precious in an NFL season that lasts only 16 regular season games. The Jets’ staff needs to put this incident in the past as soon as possible.
The worst that will probably happen to the Jets players would be fines, or maybe some misdemeanor sexual harassment charges. We need to remember that professional sports players and celebrities exist on a different playing field from the rest of us.
If I had done what some of the Jets players did to anyone in the store where I am a department manager, I would have been fired without a second thought. No one on the Jets will be fired for making lewd remarks to a female reporter.
The Jets incident may look like a temporary distraction, but it may indicate a larger problem. Sure, the game is over. Yes, it was time to ease up on the football. The investigation into the incident needs to be over as soon as possible so the players can focus back on what they get paid to do. The NFL will likely fine some players and maybe even the owner. It would behoove the Jets to get this distraction over soon so that they can try to win games.
Other Sports Figures
Recently, Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto settled a sexual harassment suit out of court after a former employee accused him of harassment. Martha Chacon Acevedo had originally asked for a quarter of a million dollars, according to TMZ.
Cotto is currently preparing for a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez. His career went on despite the charges, and it was settled for a sum much less than what Acevedo was asking. Sainz could possibly sue since she was there to do a job and was harassed in her workplace. Any lawyer worth his or her salt would be all over the Jets like a dog with a bone trying to shake some money out of the richest sports league in the United States.
But the Jets will go on. Whether they win or lose depends upon how soon they can rest this case.
The Washington Post, CBS News, My Boxing Fans, and TMZ all provided information for this article.