Washingotn Redskins' Clinton Portis Comments On Ines Sainz: Were They Justified?

Jeremy Lookabaugh Correspondent ISeptember 15, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Redskins' Clinton Portis attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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What Did Clinton Portis Say? 


Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis who is known for his outspoken views, had to plenty to say about TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz and her New York Jets locker room investigation. 

"I think you put women reporters in the locker in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of a 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 in his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan

These comments were a reference to Ines Sainz, a TV Azteca reporter who was in the Jets locker room waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets are currently under investigation by the NFL after a few players made catcalls directed to Sainz.

Also, an assistant coach seemed to deliberately throw the ball to players who were near Sainz during a practice drill. 

Portis also said he was not aware of what happened to Sainz, but he offered his opinion on what he considered to be a female reporters perspective. 

"You know somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's bodies," Portis said. "I know your doing your job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye If I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing." 


Who Is Ines Sainz? 


Sainz is a TV Azteca reporter in Mexico. She is widely regarded as one of the sexiest female reporters.

Women work and continue to work to gain the respect of their male counterparts in sports reporting.

However, Sainz embraces her "sex symbol" status and continues to cover NFL games in revealing clothing. She completely goes against the strides women make in trying to gain equality in the sports world. 


What the Redskins Organization Said? 


Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie also issued a statement, saying the Redskins "Have a clear and unambiguous policy about being professional on these issues."

He also said the Redskins will take the necessary steps to remind everyone about it, but he did not clarify on what these steps would be.


Portis Issues an Apology 


Portis later retracted his statement on the matter and apologized for what he said.

"I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize," the statement said. 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." 


Was This Apology Needed? 


Portis was just saying what most NFL players, and other male athletes around the world are thinking, the only problem is, he said it aloud. 

Female sports reporters deserve job opportunities to cover male sports. However, the line is crossed when they attempt to enter the locker room to cover these games. 

I have no problem with women covering male sports. But, there is a boundary. The actions of the Jets players and staff were entirely inappropriate, as were the comments of Portis. However, Sainz needs to act in a more professional manner as well. 

The Association for Women in Sports Media said it has been in contact with NFL about Portis' remarks and appreciates the leagues swift response. They also issued a statement about the battle for locker room coverage equality. 

"AWSM continues to monitor issues regarding locker-room access and is committed to helping create and maintain a work environment that is free from harassment and hostility," the statement said.