Ines Sainz: Jets didn't harass me
Fort Worth, Texas - TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, the subject of an alleged incident of sexual harassment in the Jets' locker room last September, said today at Super Bowl Media Day that she didn't have a problem the way she was treated by several players in the locker room and on the practice field two days before the team's regular season opener.
"No, absolutely not," she said when asked if she had any issue with the way she'd been treated.
Sainz said in the days after the incident, in which several players made cat-calls in the locker room and a few coaches purposely threw footballs in her direction on the sidelines so that players had to get close to her to retrieve them, that she was "uncomfortable" at times while in the locker room.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't fine the Jets, but the team paid for a workplace awareness program in which players were given sensitivity training to women in the locker room.
"I said I was perfect comfortable with the idea that the [NFL] is the judge, and they said if something happened there, they're going to decide," Sainz said. "I said for me, nothing happened because I didn't hear anything. They said, 'What do you think needs to happen?' I said whatever the NFL said should happen happens."
Sainz said she was shocked to receive calls from the NFL's security office about the incident.
"Actually, it was a huge surprise for me when the NFL security [director Milt Ahelrich] called me and said we need you as a witness in a the case of sexual harassment. I said, 'What? I was there one minute. What happened? For me, it was a big surprise, and I never wanted to cause any problem."
Sainz worked alongside Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco during today's media sessions with the Steelers and Packers.