Inez Sainz, of course, is the reporter from Mexico’s TV Azteca who was on the Jets sidelines waiting to interview Jets QB Mark Sanchez when she was subjected to some unwelcome attention from Jets players and coaches. According to published news reports , “During defensive back drills on Saturday, Jets assistant coach Dennis Thurman seemed to deliberately throw to players near where Sainz was standing on the sideline. Even linebacker Jason Taylor, who normally doesn’t participate in those position drills, went out for a pass.At the end of the drill, head coach Rex Ryan threw a pass to Thurman, who caught it, ran toward Sainz and appeared to speak to her very briefly.”
In a telephone interview , Sainz said “Of course you feel it when you are being stared at and when you are being spoken of in a certain way…I opted to ignore it … I tried to not even pay attention.” Sainz also said that waiting in the locker room to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez may was most uncomfortable. She tweeted in Spanish on Saturday night that she tried “not to look anywhere!!” “It was an uncomfortable moment because you are in the team’s dressing room and they are obviously changing clothes, showering — doing what they do every day in the locker room. …So being a woman, obviously it was a bit uncomfortable.”
There can be no doubt that the behavior of the Jets , particularly the Jet coaches, was reprehensible. No two ways about it. Players are jocks and have an excess of testoterone . In the all- male atmosphere of the locker room and the playing field , they tend to be loud and crude and macho. This is not an excuse for their behavior , just a statement of the way they are. The coaches , as older ,more responsible persons , should have been a restraining influence instead of themselves taking part in the hi-jinks. This cannot be a surprise to anyone who has followed the Jets the last couple of years . Rex Ryan may be a good coach but he is also a foul mouthed lout. No wonder the atmosphere around the Jets is what it is .Owner Woody Johnson was right to apologise to Sainz.
There are however two sides to every story.Inez Sainz is a very pretty woman who was once Mexico’s entry into the Miss Universe pageant. She is touted as the hottest sports reporter in Mexico. Photos show her on the sidelines in a figure hugging outfit : a very, very tight pair of jeans and a fitted top. She looks like she has been poured into her jeans. While she has a perfect right to wear what she wants , her dress was inappropriate considering that she was on the job. What did she expect would happen ? What do you think would happen if Lady Gaga wore her meat dress to the zoo and lingered near the lion cage ? What would happen if a young girl went for a midnight stroll in Central Park ? They certainly have the right to do so but they have to bear the consequences of their actions , as must Inez Sainz . I can’t say that I have much sympathy for her.
I have even less sympathy for her regarding her feelings of discomfort in the Jets locker room . In the first place what was she doing there ? If she wanted to interview Mark Sanchez , she should have waited for him outside the locker room. Reporters go into the locker room for post game interviews . Women reporters fought for and won the right of entry to men’s locker rooms because many of the best quotes are obtained there while players are still high from the game ; and because waiting until later would put them at a disadvantage in meeting news deadlines for their stories. In this case there was no such deadline ; this was a background interview. Sainz had no reason to venture inside the locker room but if she exercised her right to do so , what did she do expect ? It’s a dressing room , for Heaven’s sake. Athletes are going to be scantily clad, even nude, as they move to and from the showers.
Reading about Inez Sainz’s sports reporting career and the image of her that has been projected, much is made of her sexiness. There are photos of her in a bikini , in midriff baring tops , in figure hugging jeans and similar attire. This is not how a serious sports reporter behaves. I’ve never seen similar photos of Hannah Storm or Sage Steele. Sainz seems to have used her sexiness to get into sports journalism ; she shouldn’t be upset now that athletes react to it.
I note that this incident has gotten Sainz a lot of ink and that she was even interviewed on some national TV shows . Could this have been what she was after in the first place ? It’s a legitimate question and I know what I think.