Women Reporters Want Equality Stop Crying Harassment Ines Sainz

Owen MarksContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

Ines Sainz of TV Azteca during Media Day prior to Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on January 30, 2007.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There are many women reporters who are quite good and demand respect without crying out "Help Me". They go about their jobs everyday. People in the industry and the appropriate professional athletes know their names.

I do not. I don't have any name of sports reporters that come to mind unprompted, male or female. I watch and read a great deal of professional sports, but really could care less about any one that reports it. That includes professional insiders. I suppose I am in the minority, but that's not my point.

Women cry for respect. They say, and normally with reason, that they are shut out or mistreated in many situations. They continue, that people, do not act appropriately. That men tend to be boorish. Well welcome to equality, because that's exactly how men treat other men.

Men do not automatically give respect. It's earned. Sometimes daily. Sometimes hourly.

Oh there are the neanderthals in every group that have no concept of when something has been taken "beyond the pale". Hazing is the social equivalent, to a categorical search of a new individual, to determine his or her worth to be included in a group. It also sequences pecking order.

It can be harsh and brutal. It should be. However, if a neanderthal ties up someone and beats them with; well, name your object here; he or she is not hazing someone but performing a brutal act. There is no fine line here. If something causes "extreme" trauma, mentally, physically and yes emotionally, then a line was crossed.

Here's where a strict dichotomy must be made. Athletes, like true intellectuals, are their own breed. What an average person considers trauma does not apply for these individuals. If a minor incident for the average athlete is trauma for you, then you don't belong. The greatest mistake the latter part of the twentieth century imposed upon people was the belief that everyone's skill sets were equal. That, with a little hard work, everyone's growth of talent could be matched. That is a lie. It doesn't mean stop working. It simply means getting to certain points of achievement might take more than one has or is willing to commit to the act.

With that in mind, before someone commits to a sport, they must know if they can mentally, emotionally and physically handle the challenge. Reporting is a skill. It takes in part, an understanding of communication; empathy with the subject; being able to relay that communication back to others appropriately; timing; a nose for news; quick wits with a good speaking voice and/or writing skills. Everyone can't make the grade.

Beyond that if someone is sensitive then sports reporting is not for you. Men reporters are degraded everyday. They push back. Women reporters are degraded everyday. They push back. If you can't push back..you're in the wrong profession.

Let's take Inez Sainz. The story goes that on Saturday September 11th this reporter for TV Azteca in Mexico was offended by the actions of the New York jets. I believe these men acted exactly as reported. They treated her like a women in a college party. They were loud boorish and obvious. If it had been a friend (or not a friend) or someone in my family, I wouldn't have liked it and I would have told them that with vigor. I also would have understood that that is part of the job.

Men are often treated inappropriately. They are mentally, intellectually and physically challenged everyday. I guarantee that happens often in sports. Know why I guarantee it, but can't prove it? Because if a male reporter were to run to someone for help, he'd be a reporter that no one wanted. He'd be right in his claims, and wrong if he wanted to maintain respect in his profession. Oh don't worry, if someone is "out of bounds" it manages to leak out to the general public without it being tied to any particular reporter. There are always ways to level the "playing field"

Listen, in the beginning, Inez did not "officially" seek help for this issue. She tweeted her concerns that Saturday. Others picked up the ball. Others like the Association for Women in Sports Media, for instance. By Monday Woody Johnson had apologized to her. Later Sainz went on CNN and gave her side of the story. The incident has managed to raise her profile.

It has been mentioned that she was the former Miss Spain beauty queen and dresses provocatively. It seems, some people believe she shouldn't use her assets. These people, have a right to profess that point but they're wrong. As long as she doesn't do any thing in an inappropriate manner, then using what she has, to get the job done, should not be an issue. However "woman up" and accept that being around professional athletes is stressful. She may not be able to handle that point. If that is true she needs to move on to other types of reporting.

The "powers that be" are attempting to turn all professional sports into generic family viewing. They believe, that will enhance their "deliverables" and open up various untapped cash streams. Maybe they can do it. If so sports will lose something. That will be, the sense of competition. It will become a job not a sport to these athletes. When that happens then why not stay home and play "MADDEN". You'll find more genuine competition in your living room