You’ve probably heard about the reporter, Ines Sainz, who claimed to be harassed by members of the New York Jets.
Despite the Jets being criticized by team management and the NFL for their behavior, many say the Mexican journalist was also to blame.
Mia Harris, a former Jets beat reporter for WFAN, didn’t mince words.
“I find her disgusting. She is unprofessional in dress and how she acts, and makes a mockery of covering an NFL event,” Harris tells FishbowlNY.
Harris is concerned that the incident “could jeopardize the way female reporters who have worked very hard to be looked at as equal to men are treated in the future.”
Sainz, the self-proclaimed “Hottest Sports Reporter in Mexico,” caused a firestorm for her choice of attire at the Jets’ practice on September 11.
Pictures plastered on the Internet show from that day at the New Meadowlands Stadium show Sainz wearing tight jeans. Other photos of Sainz in bikinis were instantly available online. Her employer TV Azteca has promoted her on-air talent and “modeling” with swimsuit pictures on their website.
Harris says, though, this isn’t just about Sainz’s choice of clothing.
While covering two Super Bowls, Harris says, she noticed Sainz rubbing players’ shoulders and sticking her chest in their faces.
Following an investigation by the league, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chastised the Jets for unprofessional conduct toward Sainz, but found no evidence that any players or coaches “bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact.”