As the Jets head to sensitivity training, Coach Ditka scoffs at reporter sexual harassment claim

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The country can breathe a sigh of relief now that the New York Jets will be going through a sexual harassment “educational session” sometime this week or early next week. And, according to the The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), it’s about time!

But old guard Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka told The Daily Caller that the whole situation is just plain “stupid.”

“The country is full of nonsense not common sense now! Let’s go back to common sense. Come on guys!” he lamented.

The Jets are currently under investigation for allegedly sexually harassing Mexican T.V. sports reporter Ines Sainz with catcalls and close call footballs.

Sainz did not bring the initial complaint. The Association for Women in Sports Media raised the issue to the NFL Saturday evening, after receiving notification of the incident.

“AWSM remains steadfast in its long-standing commitment to ensure all women in sports media are treated respectfully, equally and professionally while working in the locker room. We will remain on top of this situation,” the group said in a statement  – which begs for a “that’s what she said” retort.

While the team is under investigation at the behest of a third party interest group, Sainz remains unsure as to whether or not she was harassed, preferring to let the NFL make the final judgment. “I am not the one who say the charge or tried to involve all the team in this situation,” Sainz told Meredith Vieira on NBC’s “Today Show.”

Jaclyn Friedman, executive director of WAM! (Women, Action & the Media) told TheDC that although Sainz did not feel like she was harassed, sexual harassment is not emotional. “It is the sexualizing of an employee in the workplace. So the difference between sexual and sexualizing is that somebody is being treated as though their value is solely reduced to their sexuality,” she said. “It is not about how you feel.”

Friedman denies Sainz has any culpability, no matter her skin-tight outfit, saying the only way to avoid harassment is to not be around harassers. On the flip side, Coach Ditka considers the attention Sainz received to be somewhat complimentary.

“She’s an attractive girl, that’s why she combs her hair, wears those tight jeans, and all that make up,” he told TheDC. “She had no room in those pants.”

Greg Aiello, NFL spokesman, told TheDC that the Jets reached out to AWSM board member Joanne Gerstner to initiate the education process. “They are going to work that out, I think Joanne, or a representative of the association is going to be a part of it plus a special counselor on workplace conduct to talk to the team,” he explained.

Aiello said that he could not think of any other instance of a team having to go through sexual harassment training classes.

NEXT: Ditka blasts people charging sexual harassment

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  • wpmbd1

    We are a country in regression, we let all these special interest groups and minorities and I’m not speaking of race minorities, run to the court houses to tell us whats appropriate to say and whats not. pretty soon your not going to be able to walk down the street and have a conversation, without a third party,who overheard the conversation or statement or whatever was said feeling insulted. Don’t get on the reporter its not her fault its the 3rd party complaint by the woman in sports media. This sexual harrasment bs gets my goat. You could be talking to someone face to face, be it telling a joke or whatever and if a third party hears it and feels insulted, even though you are not talking to him/her in any way shape or form , that person/persons can bring a complaint against you. Hey this the AMERICAN WAY—–sense but no —COMMON SENSE. Be politically correct——————B___S___. It’s just another way of the government getting involved in out lives without us realizing the RIGHTS that we have are slowly being taken away from us.

  • bzl99

    if you look like an over the top caricature of a total tramp, don’t be surprised if you get treated like one….just have a look at a few of her pics on google and she’s very aware of what she’s doing – shoulders back, thrust your boobs out…”look at my boobs!” “look at my boobs!” “i put my jeans with a crowbar”

    • Citizen Jerry

      So is Ditka saying she was asking for it because of the way she was dressed? Just wondering.

      • truebearing

        Maybe she was. She didn’t get the boob job to hang hats on. She dresses a sexy as possible to get male attention and make money, not necessarily in that order.

        She bills herself as: “the sexiest sportscaster in Mexico”. I guess that would indicate she is using her looks to elicit sexual attraction, so she is asking for it.

  • Babylonandon

    Well, duh.

    Lets face it, part of the “destroy the appendages of the past” of crusade for all things Progressive is to so castrate the average man that the gay male is indistinguishable from the straight male in appearance, dress, speech, and action – with a preference to forcing bisexuality among all males or even a purity of homosexuality and reproduction ONLY by artificial insemination.

  • lazifox

    “It is the sexualizing of an employee in the workplace. So the difference between sexual and sexualizing is that somebody is being treated as though their value is solely reduced to their sexuality”

    If that’s the case, couldn’t it be argued that her attire and actions were self sexualizing thus she is the harasser? :P

    We’re all responsible for our own actions sure, but if there’s some sort of instigation. I’m sure she was all smiles and flirtation. It’s not like they grabbed her or attempted to force themselves on her. Cat calls in a locker room come with the job.

    I can’t stand equal right activists, they look for just about anything to pounce on.

  • torispelling

    They should called it Sexual Harassment Improvement Training, that’s what it is.

  • oldguy5

    How many guys do you see walking around in pants so tight that their crotches bulge out to show shat they got? I have not seen one. But go to any TV station and you will see women like this one with painted on pants and boobs hanging out. Don’t tell me they arn’t looking for attention. I agree with Ditka, this country has no common sense anymore.

    And then when these women get propositioned they cry – I didn’t do anything to lead him on.

    • pink

      “How many guys do you see walking around in pants so tight that their crotches bulge out to show shat they got?”

      Get out of your over-50 trailer park and into the real world. There’s a whole bunch of stuff that goes on out there that your have no clue about.

  • joltinjoe

    When a women reportrer goes to an all male sport scene wearing a top that exposes the top of her tits and a pair of jeans that are as tight as two coats of paint, she is asking for comments on her appearance no matter what anybody says. When most of the males are single or otherwise abvialble for a date or sexual encounter, she again, has asked for it. Women convey messages by words and ACTIONS no matter what the AWSM or anybody else says. This is true now, always was, and always will be. It is disrespectful to the males to think that she can dress the way she does in that environment and expect anything less. Men are different than women and no matter what anybody else says and that won’t change. Men think and talk about wonen’s sexual appearance all the time that they are not doing or thinking of other things. That won’t change either. This is really not an incident at all. It is an everyday situation that is repeated constantly and as often as people talk or think. If it is important to minimize these situations the powers that be should minimize the contact between males and female reporters. Fat chance. Both wsant it and love it. Only the women who don’t get it, don’t get it. It is because they are jealous. It will be forever thus. I applaud Mike Ditka on this one. Now you know!