Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis thinks any female reporter who spends time in an NFL locker room is “going to want somebody” — and he doesn’t mean for an interview.
Portis made the comment Tuesday during his weekly appearance on a Washington radio station in response to the alleged mistreatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz while she was at the New York Jets’ practice facility Saturday. Sainz, a former Miss Spain, has described herself as “the hottest sports reporter in Mexico.”
The NFL is investigating the Jets after a few players apparently made catcalls at Sainz while she was waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. Also, coach Rex Ryan and assistant Dennis Thurman supposedly overthrew passes to players during practice so the football would land near Sainz.
Clearly, such accurate passes could not have been thrown by Sanchez, who managed only 74 yards on 10-for-21 passing Monday in a 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Portis said both sides have wandering eyes when the sexes are mixed in a locker-room setting.
“I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position 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 going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman,” said Portis, who later apologized for being honest.
The NFL quickly condemned Portis’ remarks as “clearly inappropriate, offensive and (having) no place in the NFL.”
“I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize,” Portis said in a statement issued by the Redskins. “I respect the job that all reporters do.”
At the request of Jets brass, the Association of Women in Sports Media is hosting an “educational session” with the team in the next week.
The women’s group should address why male reporters are not allowed in WNBA locker rooms.
Research, however, would show the double standard exists because men are pigs.
■ REALLY? — A former East German sports official has reportedly acknowledged that athletes from the communist country participated in widespread state-sponsored doping.
Thomas Koehler, an East Germany sports official in the 1970s and ’80s, made the admission in his book “Two Sides of the Medal.”
In another shocking disclosure, the Earth is not flat.
■ HOKEY SOCCER SCAM — The chairman of Togo’s soccer federation said the team that played an exhibition against Bahrain last week claiming to be the Togo national team was “completely fake.”
The Virginia Tech administration followed that revelation by releasing a statement this week claiming the Hokies football players who showed up and lost to James Madison on Saturday were also impostors and did not officially represent Virginia Tech, the city of Blacksburg or the state of Virginia.
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