The New York Jets, Ines Sainz, And The Flipside Of Selling Sex Appeal

Pictured below is Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, and... Good God. WHO ELSE IS READY TO TALK ABOUT SOME TENNIS?!?

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Well, too bad.

Today's topic is sexual harassment, you pig.

From the Bergen-County Record:

What happened on Saturday is being investigated by the NFL, according to league spokesman Greg Aiello. In an e-mail to The Record, Aiello said the NFL has spoken with Ines Sainz, a reporter representing Mexico’s TV Azteca and the one at the center of the controversy. It was bad enough that Jets coaches deliberately threw passes in Sainz’s direction while reporters were allowed to watch practice Saturday, setting up potential collisions with the defensive backs in the drill. It was worse when Sainz was greeted in the open locker room session by what one witness described as “hooting and hollering.”

"Hooting and hollering" is unfortunate, and the drills running into Ms. Sainz were likewise in poor taste. Painting an even more disturbing picture, the coaches, too, were reportedly complicit some of these activities. But then, aren't we're all complicit? Even Ines Sainz.

Let's be honest: her audience isn't really derived from her football expertise. The only reason she's walking into the Jets practice complex is because she's a beautiful woman. She knows this, too. Look at her TwitPic account—all pictures of herself. Or her Twitter background, where she poses seductively with various sports artifacts in her midst. ("Because what's better than tennis? Evening wear and tennis!")

Obviously, none of this makes her a villain here, but she can't be totally naive as to the effect her looks can have on people, whether it's her 25,000 Twitter followers or the New York Jets.

The Jets scenario is sort of a microcosm of why she's famous; because grown men lose their mind when confronted with someone that beautiful. Is it "right"? Of course not. But I imagine it's been fairly profitable for Ines Sainz over the years. Was Ines Sainz exploited by some carnal impulse among overgrown teenagers, or has she made a career exploiting the basic reality that most men are essentially overgrown teenagers? Both?

The shades of gray fade to black when something like the Erin Andrews stalker rises to the surface—something so vile and debased, it defies any rationalization. But this seems more benign.

Deadpsin spoke to another female Jets reporter, who said this: "There's a handful of female reporters who cover the Jets. They're here every day, and they've never gotten catcalled, or disrespected because they're women. It's because they're here every day. [Sainz] was an outsider. An outsider in tight jeans, but an outsider."

So the New York Jets decided to hassle the new hot reporter—who knows she's a hot reporter and makes money because she's a hot reporter—by treating her like a hot reporter? Color me shocked and appalled.

If we've missed something, and something vile did happen, then maybe we can have a more serious discussion. Until then, if we're blaming anyone for this, we'd better start with Everyone.

UPDATE: For her part in all this, Ines Sainz isn't offended. As she says, "to be quite honest, it didn’t bother me… I took it as a joke, and none of the footballs actually hit me. It was definitely a joking tone, very amicable. I wasn’t offended.”

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