Ines Sainz is a sports reporter for TV Azteca, a Mexican network, who was subjected to some abhorrent treatment by the New York Jets, if you believe the reports. Sainz, considered one of the best-looking female sports reporters in the business along with ESPN’s Erin Andrews, was on assignment at the team’s practice facility when players and coaches made lewd comments to her and even threw balls at her face, according to a New York Post article.
If this is true, it’s disgusting; that much is obvious. But I think it’s also a great lesson for my daughter. Some people are apparently saying that Sainz asked for such harassment through her dress and demeanor; she’s bragged that she’s Mexico’s hottest sports reporter. But no one asks for that sort of treatment, no matter what they may be wearing or saying.
I want my daughter to understand that the old “she asked for it” meme is never acceptable, no matter what the context. Sainz didn’t exactly waltz into practice in a bikini, by the way – she was wearing a blouse and jeans –(tight jeans, but that’s her right).
Joanne Gerstner, a board member of the Association for Women in Sports Media, has reportedly talked to the Jets about the incident.
I couldn’t find Ines Sainz wikipedia entry, but I did find a listing for her as a 1997 Miss Universe contestant. I hope that the confidence and grace she learned in that pageant serves her well in her current ordeal, because it’s sure to make headlines for days.