Journalists don’t belong in athletic locker rooms. Period. The potential for a career-endangering controversy is always present, and no information presented in the locker room is any that can’t be obtained in a press conference or in an interview in the hallway.
I’ve been a sports fan for almost my entire life. As a child, I obtained my information from ESPN’s television broadcasts. At no point, do I recall any groundbreaking information being uncovered in a locker room interview.
Sure, some will say the controversy only pertains to journalists of the opposite sex as the athletes in the locker room. Take the recent Ines Sainz/New York Jets scandal. Sainz enters a locker room of 53 male athletes, plus numerous more men, and receives a “school-boy” type of response. No male reporter would be able to walk into that locker room and receive this response.
Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins believes that barring women from the locker room will end the controversies. Portis said in an interview, “I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman.” He continued to say that if a woman has the chance to see 53 men’s “packages”, somebody’s going to be appealing to her.
Lance Briggs of the Chicago Bears disagrees. He feels “bombarded” by members of the media both men and women.
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