"I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman," Portis said.
The NFL found the comments offensive, inappropriate, and forced Portis to make an apology that was far from sincere.
"I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize," said Portis in an official statement. "I respect the job that all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues."
I'm not condoning what the Jets did to Sainz, which supposedly included having defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman intentionally throwing footballs in her direction during practice. It's despicable and immature.
But what Portis said is not offensive; it's a statement of fact.
Attraction to the opposite sex, or any sex for that matter, is a natural feeling. It's downright stupid to think that the 53-plus men in that locker room wouldn't be distracted by the presence of an attractive woman, and vice versa. Of course they would!
There is a line of appropriate conduct which should not be crossed (and the Jets certainly did), but a few casual looks is not going to hurt anybody.
Sainz knew what she was getting herself into when she decided to become a sports reporter. Putting an attractive women in a room full of naked men is like putting a cheeseburger in the middle of a room full of hungry football fans. Something's going to happen.
I respect Portis for what he said because he was simply speaking his mind, and reflecting the thoughts of probably every player in the league.
This is just part of the NFL's unrelenting campaign to make the league into a gentlemanly, non-contact sport.
Even commissioner Roger Goodell would be hard-pressed to avoid stealing a glance at someone like Sainz. It's only natural.