In the aftermath of charges that female reporter Ines Sainz was harassed by members of the New York Jets organization last Saturday, Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST has this reaction from Redskins running back Clinton Portis on DC radio today:
“You know man, 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. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.
“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. And you’re just sitting here, saying ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”
Newsbreaker: Women are attracted to men.
Having covered NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL locker rooms myself over the past 16 years, I do admit that having women around guys in varying states of undress isn’t a natural thing and does require some suspension of disbelief. But I’ve never seen a legitimate female reporter come close to letting it be known that she was interested sexually in the subjects she was covering. If she did, she’d be fired on the spot.
Everyone in every workplace has inner thoughts about the opposite sex that are triggered by various factors. 99% of workers keep those thoughts to themselves.
And then there’s Clinton Portis.