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Poll: Weigh in on Clinton Portis' comments about Ines Sainz

Clinton Portis spoke out about Ines Sainz and women reporters in men's locker rooms. The NFL reacted. The Redskins are expected to do the same. But what's your take?

By Cindy Boren  |  September 14, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , NFL  
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while his comments may have been given in an insensitive manner, overall the gist I believe was correct. A reporter, particularly a female one, should really have no place in the locker room. Isn't that what press conferences are for?

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | September 14, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys serious? The least condemning choice is "it's a free speech issue?" What about - "there is nothing remotely offensive about this. It's a simple honest response." ?

I'm offended by the very idea that anyone is offended by what he said. He said nothing against women, nothing against reporters, and nothing against naked football players. He simply said somethng along the lines of "when faced with something sexy, people (male and demale)tend to look."

If you were truly bothered by this, you either weren't paying attention to what he said, or you are living in a fantasy world.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | September 14, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

...sensitivity training?!?!?!

That option is completely absurd. This should be a non-issue and the team should just get on with preparing for Houston on Sunday.

Posted by: ericroks | September 14, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Poor Poor poor Ines Sainz. Such a saintly woman - just getting by on her natural journalistic ability. Poor poor Ines !

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 14, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't this just Portis' way of expressing the players' frustration with the situation? The issue isn't Portis' perspective. The issue is the NFL's perspective: treating it is as normal for female reporters to be in men's locker rooms with naked men, violating the norm in American society.

Posted by: belly_kilmer | September 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

We have always been a sexist society. I guess that is why this practice has been allowed to continue.

Did you hear her speak? She MUST have gotten hired by someone looking at her boobs because she could barely formulate a coherent sentence.

Posted by: keedrow | September 14, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

OK OK ... I'm no sissy-Mary -- 6 yrs USMC and 4 yrs all-male military school -- but I'll give the Devil's Advocate, egalitarian position a try here.

The appropriateness of insensitive comments from Portis -- and especially the Jets players -- isn't about whether women should be in the locker room or not. Different issue. Reporters of both genders are presently allowed to be in the locker room right after showers. Its the rules. And since its a sanctioned place to engage in professional activity, professionals therein should abide by standards of professional decorum. Multi-million dollar athletes are paid to do more than just run, catch, block, and throw. They are payed to be professionals.

Should women be in the locker room? If men are getting better stories through the one-on-one time vis-a-vis press conferences (they do ... press conference stuff is far more scripted and party-line), then I say equal opportunity. Maybe all reporters should be kept out ... dunno, might be right ... but if you keep out women, same policy for all.

Is Portis wrong? Out of context, no. But within context it smacks of "this a sexual place, and so she shouldn't be offended by unprofessional conduct." Once again, professional place = professional conduct. Period.

Posted by: reddog278 | September 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

As a society we are so worried about being politically (or socially) "correct" that we forget to ask what is right and wrong. Is it right for Portis to have said what he said? Sure! It's his opinion! Is it right for Ines to be in a all male locker room to do her job as a journalist? Sure! It's her right. Is it right for Ines to use her sexuality to get better spots for interviews and to boost ratings? Is it wrong for any one of the 53 atheletes in their prime, full of testosterone to be turned on by a female report, while they are naked?

Honestly, where is the story in this? Portis did nothing wrong, other than to state his opinion (intelligent or not). It's his right. Isn't that what Ines Sainz is all about, shoving a mic in front of athletes? If you don't want Portis to express himself, then don't show him the microphone.

Posted by: sd-bones | September 14, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Do they let men in women's locker rooms? Maybe we should have a male reporter reporting on this so we could have another option on the poll, such as "There was nothing wrong with what he said, women shouldn't be allowed in a men's locker room". I'd love to go in a women's locker room and peak around. Uh oh, I can't say that, it's not politically correct to speak the truth here in America.

Posted by: lj1126 | September 14, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Clinton Portis

Posted by: kelly112 | September 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What they need to do is leave Portis alone and let him do his job. PLAY FOOTBALL! If they were to ask me my OPINION, I would've said she had no business in their locker room.

Why couldn't she wait until Sanchez had come out? Furthermore, if a woman is scantly dressed, she's going to receive unwanted attention. All women are fully aware of that.

I don't get it, they dress scantly to GET a man's attention...and when they do, it's a problem. I mean c'mon, they can't have it both ways. CRAZY STUPID!!!

Posted by: carterm1 | September 14, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Ines is hot. Portis rocks.

That is all.

Posted by: TheGlobalizer | September 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

What did Clinton say that was so offensive.? Sounds to me he was just stating some facts.

Posted by: LarryinMD | September 14, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

They should tie some KFC on a string around his neck and let Fatazz chase him around like an opposing quarterback (since he needs to get in shape)

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 14, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

To quote Norm Peterson: "Women. Can't live with 'em, pass the beer nuts."

Posted by: Tortuga-ga | September 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Portis should not have to apologize for his comments. The reporter with her boobs popping out of her shirt should be quiet she dressed that way for a reason. Did you see her on the morning news? T&A all the way for her morning news appearance and I couldn't understand a word she said, yet she wants to be taken professionally for her interview skills. Gimme a break!

Posted by: shejoy | September 14, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Dead Issue. Clinton get back to practice for Houston.

Posted by: classicskins | September 14, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing...

Posted by: bee-bee1 | September 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I've always wondered why male reporters aren't allowed into women athletic locker rooms. As long as there's a double standard in regard to access, no one should complain.

Posted by: RicoSuave2 | September 14, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

They asked for his opinion and he gave it. If you don't want to hear stuff like this, don't ask people for their opinion.

Posted by: ValleyCaps | September 14, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The NFL "condemns" Portis' comments?? Did CP rant about buring the Koran or the Bible? Did CP threaten the lives of anyone? The NFL (Roger Good-for-nothing-all)displays such hypocracy that is kills me. If they want to protect the sanctity of women and uphold the virtues of a pious individual, then get rid of all the cheerleaders! How bout them Cowgirls down in Dallas with their double Ds shoved into the cameras? Where is Rogers condemnation for that???

Get real Roger!!! You hypocrite! You want sex in the NFL, you need sex in the NFL. Ines Sainz is at best a worthless journalist who knows NOTHING about football, yet is the HOTTEST reporter because she flaunts her SEXUALITY!

My man Clinton just called all of you hypocrites out!!!!

What a stupid world we live in!

Posted by: sd-bones | September 14, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The NFL is so hypocritical. It has televised football games with beer commercials with scantily dressed clothing. It's games has cheerleaders wearing cleavage showing tops and short mini-skirts/shorts doing high kicks. I guarantee there are fans at the games hooting and hollering at the cheerleaders. Isn't that a workplace environment that is allowing sexual harassment? What's the NFL's stance on that?

Posted by: shihui7 | September 14, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy here is incredible. It is absurd to think that women have a right to go into men's locker rooms while men are undressed. If they do, they are asking for it. When this is done to POWs, it is considered a war crime. When done to athletes, it's called professionalism or equal rights for women. Give me a break!

And think of the outcry by women journalists when one of them was recently spied upon undressed in a hotel room. Someone went to jail for it. Women reporters think they have the right to view men undressed but God forbid it should happen to one of them!

Finally, anybody in this business has to expect some abuse and take it. I have been an investigative reporter for decades. I have been subject to all sorts of abusive unwarranted behavior. I've had to take plenty of obscene angry outbursts by people who didn't like my reporting. I've been defamed repeatedly, investigated, threatened, been the subject of petitions filed against me, etc.. -- all by people who didn't like my reporting even though they couldn't find anything wrong with it.

So any reporter who can't take a few bawdy gestures just doesn't have the guts (dare I say the balls) to be in the business. Suck it up, Ines.

Posted by: cpekow | September 14, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Portis is right on this. You journalists are just trying to stick up for each other while trying to make the public think bad of Portis.

Posted by: thorhero | September 15, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I think reddog278 couldn't have explained it better. The issue is that the NFL provides access to players in the locker room, so it needs to be a professional place for both men and women, because being able to get those quotes is part of their job. The problem is that asking a room full of men in their prime to be professional while undressed in the presence of someone who may or may not be attractive may just not be all that practical. That being said, with the rules the way they are, its on the players to do what they need to do to feel comfortable being professional. If that means wearing a towel wrapped around their waist, so be it. Also, the Jets players allegedly didn't start harassing Ines in the locker room, but rather on the field, on the sidelines. If she were there on her own time, it would be one thing, but they need to recognize that she was there because her work sent her there and respond accordingly, which is to say, professionally.

Posted by: Patera | September 15, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Is the Wash Post crazy...have you seen how she dresses when she does interview...She looks like she's going to a night club to party.
She's from Spain, totally different perspective on sexual appeal than Americans.

Posted by: wm_oliver | September 15, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Is the Wash Post crazy...have you seen how she dresses when she does an interview...She looks like she's going to a night club to party.

She's from Spain, totally different perspective on sexual appeal than Americans. He own word were that she should be able to use her beautiful face and body to get ahead.

Posted by: wm_oliver | September 15, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a neanderthal primitive practice to have reporters in the locker room period. Male or female. It's stupid. Showering and getting dressed is an extremely private thing. Getting dressed with your teammates? Unavoidable and so what?
But with reporters male and female, why do they really need to be in the locker room? They don't. They can wait until a grown man is fully dressed.

I understand completely what Portis is saying and he called correctly. I do not think that a football team locker room is a hookup spot and nor should it be. But let's face it - professional football players (entertainers, politicians, athletes) are faced with "groupies" that throw themselves at them all the time and it can be difficult to differentiate.

I don't blame Ms. Sainz for this because maybe she just doesn't know. But she was not dressed in a manner that most in her field would consider "professional". No excuses for harassing her AT ALL. But she must understand that in her profession there is a dress code. When in Rome....

Posted by: BenThere | September 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

My first sporting event in memory is Super BowlIV Chiefs-Vikings 1969.I'm 47 yrs old(school)?,I still consider myself a forward thinking sport fan.I have one question are male reporters allowed to enter womens locker rooms while the women are still in a state of undress? I have no formal journalistic training, but I bet I know more sports in my little finger than Ms.Sainz knows in her beautiful sports mind.Who's looking at that body anyway? ESPN and Co. I'm waiting for my offer.

Posted by: hotbox | September 15, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

No reporter, male or female, should be allowed in the locker rooms of any male or female sport. There should be a seperate area where players and reporters can meet for interviews...period! The locker room should be a place for the team only.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | September 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

has anyone notice that only the fat girls are the only ones hating on her.
its because shes latin and everyone knows that latin girls are the most beautiful ones out there just like miss universe. no one wants to see a fat girl do a sports report right?

Posted by: dodgers01 | September 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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