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Clinton Portis apologizes for comments about Ines Sainz, women reporters

Clinton Portis has apologized for remarks he made Tuesday morning concerning Ines Sainz and women reporters in locker rooms.

"I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize," Portis said in a statement released by the team. "I respect the job that all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues."

Tony Wyllie, the team's executive vice-president and spokesman, also issued a statement:

"The Washington Redskins have a clear and unambiguous policy about being professional on these issues and we will take the necessary steps to remind everyone about it."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 14, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , NFL  
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Pfffft. Right.

What a dog and pony show. Clinton's right, and if the PC people's don't like it, too bad.

The situation is absurd. No one in the locker room, until they are all dressed, period.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | September 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess he's just backpedaling for the team's sake. However, he has absolutely nothing to apologize for. When did this become a country where truth has no place?

Posted by: eyekey416 | September 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

TOTALLY AGREE W/ YOU BOTH, shaunsherman12 AND eyekey416!

Posted by: delfranklin4 | September 14, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

NO CLINTON! Don't apologize! That reporter shoud apologize for thinking she can dress like a hooker and not have mid 20 year old professional athletes whistle at her while she is in their locker room!

Posted by: damnit79 | September 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, she's got a great a$$. She could have worn something "not so form fitting", but what fun would that be. Look at all the attention she got just from her Tiiiiiight jeans. MMmmmmm. tasty! The NFL has to stop pandering to her attention getting tactics. Playboy has probably already been in touch(let's hope), mission accomplished. Now she can get out of dirty Mexico for good, and we won't be all complainin' 'bout her INS status...

Posted by: BillStoner | September 14, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds coach Janky Spanky wrote that apology?


Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | September 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

My single question has always been this:

How many male reporters are allowed in the dressing rooms of female athletes?

Or is that politically incorrect?

The entire scenario is stupid. NO reporters, male or female, should be allowed in any locker room until the participants are showered and dressed.

The 'right to know' has to have some limitations altho in this day and time there seems to be no absolutes. All rules and standards are to be broken for some inane reason. This ultimately ends in something with a negative result.

Posted by: dharper2 | September 14, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Now I personally think that most woman reporters do a great job and are very professional, like Czar and all the great female reporters in DC (we have a lot btw). But I can understand why players may be uncomfortable with a woman in the locker room from time to time. That said, if both sides try and show some class, then there are no problems.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 14, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

So Portis points out a biological fact: Males and females are attracted, sexually, to each other, in virtually all species on the planet, and he has to apologize? What and F'ed up world.

Posted by: mjapete | September 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

If you manage to keep your knockers in your shirt, you might not hear so many comments.

Posted by: mjapete | September 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at these pics and you tell me what's going to happen when some dressed like this enters a locker room full of naked jocks! Clinton may not have demonstrated good judgment, but this was most definitely a two way street!

Posted by: Rational_Man | September 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The NFL is run by a bunch of hypicrites! Scantily clad women "cheering" on the sidelines are okay but a player reacting to a provocatively dressed reporter is "inappropriate" and "wrong"?! Give me a break!

Posted by: Rational_Man | September 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Very cool of Portis to be a team player on this, but, man, what a non-issue. He did absolutely nothing wrong. If the sports-media ever wants an interesting, non-cliche-filled interview from an athlete again, I hope they leave CP out of the witch-hunt this time. Doesn't look like that's going to happen, but at least the public seems to have his back on this one.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | September 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

If the NFL thinks that Clinton Portis saying the word "package" is objectionable, maybe they should poll their fans. This could be the question:

Choice a)

Would you like us to take action against our players for saying objectionable words like "package" during free-form radio appearances?


Choice b)

How 'bout we higher some extra security on Sundays to clean a few more drunken loudmouths out of your local stadium so maybe someday you can bring your kids to a live football game?

I'd choose b.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | September 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I am a woman and I believe Ines Sainz is looking for attention.

Why didn’t she leave the locker room ?

It does not make too much sense that a woman would walk around in a (male)locker-room full of (N) men. She knew it would be like that in a (male)LOCKER-ROOM!

Take a look at her presentations on the News Talk Shows. Pay attention and you will see exposed breasts saying hello to the lens with that Jezebel smirk and the eyes of a deer_ in the limelight!

She might be trying to get exposure for a book, movie,televison _ Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelorette, etc.

Just watch and see what happens. If we do not hear from her for the next 10 years then she will have proven me wrong.

Posted by: Elaine328_1777 | September 14, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

So Portis points out a biological fact: Males and females are attracted, sexually, to each other, in virtually all species on the planet, and he has to apologize? What and F'ed up world.

Posted by: mjapete

Just curious: males and males are attracted to each other in virtually all species on the planet... is that, then, a "biological fact" and if so is this a call for equal right for all? Who knew Clinton Portis was so, ahem, advanced.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | September 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Clinton, I'm sorry for the double standard. I also support your comments earlier. What if a female athlete made the same remarks, would there be backlash? NO!

Posted by: classicskins | September 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

BFD !!! Clinton is NOT wrong at all, no apology needed. If ladies are so desperate to enter a locker room, especially right after a game, than deal with it or stay out!!! I'll bet when Ines goes clubbing with the girls, she would be disappointed to NOT hear comments. Get over it!!!!

Posted by: aginsburg | September 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Only a moron would defend him. The issue is not women in locker room (they should not.)

It is the guy's half-wit thoughts and elegant choice of words on the matter. Good Old Portis.

"And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages."

Posted by: loux24 | September 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

There is no business in America that as dictatorial as the NBA, not even the Government can suspend a worker for having sleazy sex in a bathroom or punish a worker for having a barfight.

The NFL has too much power, it has perverted a BUSINESS anti-trust exemption and made it a SOCIAL one, in effect giving themselves the powers of a god.

The NFLPA has to grab some power back from the NFL Owners, and/or take their case to Congress and try to get the NFL's anti-trust exemption eliminated.

This episode gives yet another example, the NFL forces the players to give interviews while being naked, WHY?!?!?

What other American business can force it's workers to dehumanize & debase themselves for a mere interview?

The NFLPA should be all over this.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | September 14, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

for all the criticism that clinton portis has gone through, which most, if not all, is his this case, he is not wrong. i agree with his comments 100% and anyone that thinks otherwise is an idiot

Posted by: daniba | September 14, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Any woman entering a men's locker room is fair game. I've been in many locker rooms and athletes are generally not sitting around eating milk and cookies and reading poetry. If this reporter wants access to a men's locker room, that's part of the environment.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 14, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I just want to say that I am a woman reporter and I wanted to get into the sports business because I looooove black kawks! Wait, I mean I want to work for the Chicago Black Kawks. I always wanted to interview the biggest Black Kawk, talk to him with my mouth wide open and see what his response would be, you know?

Posted by: bobby222 | September 14, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

dear laux24: what "53 packages?" ooohhhhh 50 lashes !!! When Ines goes "out" what's she sportin? what's with the cleavage? promoting breast-feeding? come on, this is 2010, CP was only stating what the availability be should a motive be there. He did not say that's why she came in there; he was implying not to be shocked

Posted by: aginsburg | September 15, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I just wonder what is this magical outfit Sainz could have worn to prevent her from being sexually harassed (I'm guessing a Burka from the comments)? People who point out she is a professional and should have acted that way can I point out the players are also "professional" athletes but I guess it all doesn't matter because it Sainz's fault she's female and obviously asking for it.

Posted by: mandamolina | September 15, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Portis told the truth. That's was honest people get for telling the truth these days -- the sensitivity police. So next time CP you're supposed to lie. It's much more PC these days.

Posted by: KRIKET | September 15, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Leave Clinton alone....all these tarted up female sports reporters in tight dresses, warpaint, high heels, and what not go prancing around big strong professional athletes in the locker room and they claiom that they only want to do their job? PLEASE NOW....If thats true, then go hire some frumpy overweight middle aged woman to do sports....instead of the barbie dolls they use on TV now....

Posted by: nowhine | September 15, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Now why didn't anyone tell me you were over here, CynCty?! lol.

Ok - notice how Portis didn't say his comments were wrong, only that he was wrong to make them? Nice work new Skins' PR dude! wtg!

Now if CPo can just think before he shoots off at the lip again...

That being said, Inez's brand of journalism, while enjoyable, is not the same as Michele T, Andrea K, et. al. Sainz's game is BUILT on sexual tension. To deny it's effect is ludicrous. You can't complain about being trampled after you yell FIRE in a crowded theater. Especially one crowded with 53 packages... lol.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 15, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Portis speaks the truth and should not have to apologize. It might be smart to think about going back to the old girls in the girls room and boyz in the boyz room plan.

Posted by: bob29 | September 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

So are the men allowed into the women's locker rooms when they are naked and showering? If not, why the double standard? If so, Clinton is right. This is one time when he was at least honest (though a little over inflated ego still reigns) and didn't comport himself as an idiot. Of course, it is just another reason the young man needs an English and PC lesson. When you acknowledge a problem, real change happens. When you sweep it under the PC rug, it develops a life of its own.

Posted by: KDSmallJr | September 15, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

another comment was withheld by the WaPost's authorities you guys are spineless.
the word attentionwhore is commonly used to describe a person who constantly craves attention. this is the same woman who wore a wedding dress to superbowl media day a coupla yrs ago and proposed to Tom Brady. Now all of this hubbub about her skintight jeans and lowcut shirts?To call her an attentionwhore is fitting IMHO. I work in gov't, and it amazes me what soem of my female coworkers get away with. Women's professional attire has gotten shorter,tighter and lower cut for whatever reason. I ain't trippin off it, and for the record, Ms. Saiz said herself that she likes dressing and feeling sexy. if that's her goal to look and feel sexy, then why is it a problem for guys to react to her sexiness?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | September 15, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I never thought it was appropriate to have people of the opposite sex in the locker room while the athletes are changing up. No matter if its a man reporter in a female locker room or a woman in a male locker room. I dont even like it when its a male in a male locker room if its on TV because its usually some half dressed guy walking in the background of the interview. Why not just have a media room that they enter after they shower and get dressed? Then everyone, male and female will have access without anyone feeling uncomfortable of offended.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

ESPN's Jemele Hill V. Shock Exchange concerning Portis' comments on Ines Sainz -----> You decide

Posted by: Silk32 | September 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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