Journalists and the Locker Room

Should journalists be allowed in NFL locker rooms?

Earlier this year there was an incident between the New York Jets and a female Reporter.  The reporter was in the locker room after the game and was allegedly sexually harassed.

Ines Sainz, a reporter for TV Azteca, who has been known to rub the shoulders of players and stick her chest in their faces, said Mia Harris, accused the Jets of harassing her.

Although there was no evidence that the Jets had committed any sort of harassment this problem could have been solved before it had happened by not allowing people other than the team in the locker room. I know that being a reporter you want to be the first to get the story, but it could wait until after they hit the showers.

 – Jonathon McDonnell

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3 Responses to Journalists and the Locker Room

  1. laurielboettcher says:

    I LOVE this topic. I do not believe journalists should be allowed in locker rooms. And, as much as I love equality, I definitely do not think women should be allowed in the men’s locker room and vice versa. In a place where nudity is expected, it is an invitation for encounters and just plain innappropriate for media.

    Sainz is an interesting woman. Beautiful, and she knows it, she makes no apologies for her personal style. I agree with freedom of self-expression, but also use my common sense in realizing that how I dress is a reflection of my professionalism.

  2. schmidjh says:

    Locker room interviews are part of sports media. They provide the best insight into players thoughts. It’s also much more efficent for both players and media members that trotting every player up to the podium after a game. Plus the podium creates and artificial environment that leads to more cliche responses and more scripted answers.
    When you dress the Miss. Sainz does, you are inviting players to make comments that may not be appropriate. Does that make it OK for them to do that? Absolutely not. The fact of the matter is had she actually dressed herself professionally during this situation and in the past she would not have a problem now.

  3. bippsy says:

    I agree that dressing inappropriately does not give players the right to harass a person in the locker room. It is somewhat inviting however. It also brings up concerns that perhaps Ms. Sainz was not hired on her journalistic prowess, but instead the way she looks when giving meaningless interviews.

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