Ines Sainz, our generation’s Dick Schaap, gets harassed at Jets practice
Ines Sainz, the Mexican sports reporter who happens to be a former beauty pageant queen, apparently got multiple New York Jets all hot and bothered this past Saturday when she showed up to cover practice for TV Azteca. And there I go thinking that the 9/11 anniversary would be the thing to throw a New York sports team off its game.
Here’s USA Today providing a partial recap of the events surrounding her eventful visit to Jets practice:
The New York Post reported Monday that during the portion of practice open to the media, Jets head coach Rex Ryan and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman purposely overthrew passes during a drill so they would land near Sainz.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY’s Christine Brennan Sunday the league is investigating the incident. Johnson added Monday that he tried to get to the bottom of what did or didn’t occur. (USA Today)
In her own column, Brennan said Sainz’s mistreatment wasn’t just limited to the field:
Pro Football Talk reported that Sainz was greeted by catcalls and hooting in the locker room after practice, an experience Sainz described on her Twitter account: “I die of embarrassment!” she wrote in Spanish. “I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez while trying not to look to anywhere!” (USA Today)
Yup, the only thing to take Christine Brennan’s attention away from Title IX and women’s tennis for any length of time would be something like this. I’m sure in an upcoming column that she’ll lobby for the castration of all Jets players and coaches involved.
While I think that castration would be a little too excessive of a penalty for Roger Goddell to levy, the team has to be sanctioned in some way. Really guys, throwing footballs in her direction and shouting catcalls in the locker room? The ESU Timberwolves showed more maturity and restraint than that in “The Program.”
After hearing about this incident and watching the Jets featured on “Hard Knocks,” it apparently doesn’t take much to distract Rex Ryan from the task at hand: a female reporter, a big bag of M&M’s, an outing to see “Dinner for Schumucks,” etc. If the Dolphins cheerleaders get shown on the Jumbotron eating Twix bars at any point during the Jets’ next trip to Miami, Rex might pass out from sensory overload.
As for Sainz, this is the outfit she says she was wearing when all this came down:
I pity poor Ines, if she had shown any midriff at all, Antonio Cromartie might have stalked her until she agreed to have his next five children. I kid, I kid…he would have probably only demanded three kids from her.
But let me throw something out there and take a hit from any woman who might be reading this: Ines Sainz is a former Miss Universe contestant who wasn’t hired for her superior knowledge of the sporting world. On some level, might her bosses at TV Azteca be hoping that her looks generate some sort of reaction on the part of those she covers? Hey, ease up on me now, I’m not saying she had it coming, not by any means. But on some level, it feels like they threw a lamb to the wolves.