Portis airs his feelings on Ines Sainz, women in the locker room.

[Update: Clinton Portis via the Redskins PR department has issued an apology. See bottom of post for that.]

Clinton Portis has always been an outspoken person, letting his comments fly, seemingly without any prior thought to the situation. This morning on the Mike Wise Show on 106.7 The Fan was no different.

[Note: Holden Kushner and Brian Mitchell were hosting the show. Mike Wise is out all week.]

The running back was a big win for the young sports talk radio station because of his ability to produce quotes (see Portis Pockets Straight), so when the conversation turned to reporter Ines Sainz accusing the New York Jets of sexually harassing her, of course CP had an opinion. And of course, it was one in which he clearly didn’t think all the way through. Via the amazing transcriber Dan Steinberg on DC Sports Bog, Portis lets you know being exposed to athletes packages is irresistible:

“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.”

So apparently cat-calling is a completely normal thing for Portis and it would be impossible for a female reporter to not jump on one of these athletes and look for a go-round when they step in the locker room and see athletes naked. Sounds very Roethlisberger-esque to me. Sainz and other female reporters are not there to fraternize, they are there to do their jobs. They know this. Portis and other athletes apparently do not. This kind of attitude is something I’ve come to expect from professional or collegiate athletes (though not all), but to think the reporters are there to find someone to hook up with is a ridiculous notion. At least they are professional enough to realize that. There’s a big difference between looking at someone beautiful and verbally harassing them because of how they look.

This is not a conversation of how female reporters are dressed, though they should always dress professionally, but to how athletes respond to women because of the way they feel they deserve the attention. Not everyone has the idea that women are around simply to throw themselves at men. They are professionals and they are there to do their jobs.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to “cut” your eye, but it doesn’t mean they are there to do the same. The Roethlisberger situation, as well as this one, has shown that professional athletes need to show more respect to women in every manner of life whether it is at a bar, a club, in the locker room or out on the street. Now that’s something they need to add to the rookie symposium.

[Statement from the NFL: “The comments are clearly inappropriate, offensive and and have no place in the NFL,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement (tweeted by The New York Times’ Judy Battista). “We have contacted the Redskins & they will discuss the matter directly w/Mr. Portis.”]

[The Redskins are expected to release a statement later today. I’ll be sure to post that here on DMV Sports as well.]

UPDATE 3:12 p.m.: Clinton Portis has issued an apology via the Redskins PR department:

“I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. 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.”



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2 responses to “Portis airs his feelings on Ines Sainz, women in the locker room.

  1. Jim Jacenko

    Since you’re all fired up about how unprofessional the athletes acted do you even know what was said? How professional is it to smear people’s reputations on the internet without knowing the whole story smart guy?

    As for women, isn’t kind of ironic they doll up for hours to go out in public. Science has shown the makeup they wear is to mimic the look of the female face while being pleasured during intercourse (red lips, blushing face, and padded push up bras to imitate swollen breasts) but no we’re supposed to respect women and never ever give them the attention they’re obviously after.

    And the reply’s to the article on the website you posted to… It is a legitimate question to ask, “Why are women allowed into the men’s locker room while they’re dressing and male reporters not allowed into the women’s locker room”? Did you ever stop to think the whole situation is just inappropriate and asking for trouble? My guess is women don’t feel comfortable with men watching them naked but we’re to ignore men’s wishes because of political correctness? Yeah why don’t you blog about that. Why can’t women athletes be professional and let male reporters come in to watch them undress err I mean give an interview?

    If people weren’t so pent up with political correctness and think about what Portis is saying he is actually speaking open and honestly about the male perspective on the situation. Yeah go ahead and punish him for not taking the sanitized professional politically correct position but he apparently is the only one speaking about reality.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Jim.

    There was no intention of smearing Portis for his comments, just offer my opinion on those comments. He made these comments in the public sphere and I’m therefore allowed to comment on what he did say.

    First, men are allowed into the locker room of a WNBA game, for example. In every league, there is a time period after games in which the athletes are allowed to dress before the media is allowed in. Portis, for example, tends to prefer his privacy and is showered, dressed and usually only available at post-game press conferences. If athletes do not feel comfortable giving interviews while naked or half-naked, they can get dressed. It’s their decision.

    I’m not big on political correctness, though I do feel Portis went too far in his comments saying it’s not the athletes fault for the harassment, but the reporters fault for being there.

    I’ve also heard a lot of comments about Portis just saying what most athletes say behind closed doors, but the point I tried to make is that this is where the problem is. It’s wrong to treat women in a way that they feel harassed sexually while they are just doing their jobs. It’s worse to blame them simply because they are attractive and are asking for it. That is just a bad argument.

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