Two female sports writers, Yahoo Sports’ Graham Watson and the Tuscaloosa News’ Joey Chandler, were denied entry to the Jacksonville Jaguars' locker room on the basis of their gender by an usher following Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.
Watson and Chandler both tweeted about the situation:
Chandler and Watson were in attendance as part of the Associated Press Sports Editors diversity weekend. While they were eventually granted entry and able to conduct interviews, this was an unacceptable breach by the stadium employee.
Female media members have been entering men's locker rooms for four decades, having to fight discrimination for every inch of progress. It’s rare for a situation like this to happen in 2015—female journalists cover nearly every professional sporting event—but it’s nonetheless instructive that not everything is equal in sports media.
Though Watson tweeted that the Indianapolis Colts and Jaguars organizations have both apologized, it’s unclear if the employee responsible for blocking the journalists has been reprimanded.
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