Thursday, January 13, 2011

Inez Sainz, sports reporter for Mexican TV, gets apology from New York Jets

Inez Sainz, sports reporter for Mexican TV, gets apology from New York Jets, defends self, denies feeling offended.

The Mexican television reporter who was sexually harassed last summer during a locker room interview with Mark Sanchez says she holds no ill-will towards the New York Jets and believes the team will win the Super Bowl.

Ines Sainz, a reporter for TV Azteca, claimed she was getting comments made about her and catcalls from players as she covered practice. Now she says that it was Ok, and that she in no way feels offended or felt in danger being in the Jets locker room.

"I want to make clear that in no moment did I even feel offended, much less at risk or in danger while there," Ines Sainz told Spanish-language program DeporTV on Monday.
"I entered the locker room and there were some comments and some games," she said. "A colleague came up to me to apologize for what was happening, for the things that were going on, since obviously they were making jokes about me."
"It was simply a situation that got out of hand. I waited for the interview with Mark Sanchez, we did it and it turned out great...the next day the press is reporting that I was a victim of harassment and inappropriate behavior by the Jets," Sainz continued. "The owner, Mr. Johnson called me to apologize for his team’s behavior."

A reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca, Sainz also took to Twitter to appeal to fans and defend herself from criticism.

She denied that her choice of outfits while working the field at the Jets' New Jersey training facility over the weekend was "inappropriate," and thanked her fans.

"Thanks to everyone for their support and concern!" Sainz wrote in Spanish via Twitter on Monday. "I already testified before the NFL, and it's up to them to decide whether or not there'll be any consequences."

The 32-year-old blonde beauty said she initially ignored the players’ comments and antics she claims were made at her during the practice.

"What I can tell you is that in the moment I didn't want to give it any importance and I wasn't paying attention, but ... the other media clearly heard and in a show of solidarity made a complaint, looking to ensure that there's always an environment of respect!!" she wrote.

In one Twitter post, she said: "Some of the media are saying that I was dressed inappropriately with the Jets! I was (dressed) exactly like this."

The post was accompanied by a photo of her from behind, wearing a white shirt tucked into a pair of tight jeans, as she stood along the sidelines.

The NFL is investigating the incident, and Commissioner Roger Goodell is demanding answers from the Jets players and coaches.

The 32-year-old, a sports reporter with Mexico's TV Azteca, has worked for the station for several years, and has covered events such as the Super Bowl and the U.S. Open.

Sainz got attention in 2008 when she scored an "exclusive" interview with Terrell Owens.

TV Azteca promotes Sainz both as a journalist and as a model. The network's website includes photo collections of Sainz and has an article in its "Bad Girls" section headlined, "Inez Sainz, the perfect woman." The article describes her as intelligent and having a good sense of humor, and is accompanied by a photo of her in a bikini.

The Jets, meanwhile, were preparing to open their season against the Baltimore Ravens in their first regular-season game at the new Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night.

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