How do you feel about female reporters being allowed in NFL locker rooms?
Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins RB had some choice things to say on the subject. I'm wondering what the HP community thinks.
Yeah, I think Clinton is working on an apology, or the PR folks are, anyways. Darnell Dockett tweeted about it, apparently not letting the PR folks proofread first.
I can see both sides right now, honestly. The bottom line: a woman in the locker room as 50 guys, some naked, some maybe not. If you go into that situation, both men and women, you probably need some thick skin.
It seems like only Erin Andrews and Ines Sainz are the only ones who had any trouble, or the only ones that made the news.
I'm all for equality by all means go out and do what you have to do but people just have to keep in mind exactly what they are doing, I believe you are referring to the incident with the Jets...personally I don't think women should be in a MALE locker room
1. because its full of half naked dudes doing their dude stuff
2. Its full of half naked dudes pumped up on testosterone
3. it full of half naked dudes that probably like chicks...of course they are going to focus on the one female in a room full of 20+ naked guys.
I haven't seen a guy go into a female locker room though I don't follow sports. There are just someplace both genders don't belong not because they shouldn't but because it avoids all types of problems. Female sports broadcasters go on and do your thing but just be self conscience of where you are though...JMO
I don't see a problem with it as long as they know they're to do a job and keep horomones in check.
Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable conducting an interview while others parade around nude or reasonably close. As long as all parties are comfortable, I suppose it's ok; however, I wonder if all are ok with it.
I would feel very lucky =-)
But from the recent report of the spanish reporter, I can understand how it might of made her uncomfortable. Perhaps they shouldn't allow the female reporters in the locker room anymore to safeguard themselves. Instead they should do it some place else.
I think it is perfectly fine as long as the parties i.e. NFL players and the female reports are comfortable with it and are professional about it.
Thanks for all of your answers! I think that female reporters need the same access to be able to compete with male reporters. That said, maybe the time and place access is granted needs to change. I think it is fine to say that everyone should remain professional, but it may be unreasonable to expect it. You're talking about players whose profession requires them to tap into their baser instincts to be successful, it requires them to be anything but gentlemen, and then we say, "Be professional in the locker room!" The NFL can say it all they want, but it won't change the reality of the situation. In the Jets situation, these were guys who weren't even up for a game; they were at a Saturday practice and they still behaved like a bunch of teenage boys.
Finally, before you can begin to ask players to behave professionally, there has to be some expected standard of professionalism for the reporters. Before i draw the ire of women here, no i don't believe the fact that Ines Sainz was dressed to go clubbing justifies the behavior of the Jets, but some measure of personal responsibility must be ascribed to Ines, all the same.
I would imagine that it is just as wrong as allowing male sports reporters into female changing rooms?
I think this was a bad decision. I know we're all supposed to be 'adults' and not react to those of the opposite sex, but when you have people in a room where others are partially if not totally nude, you're just ASKING for a lawsuit.
I think it should be okay with permission, I was allowed in the boys locker room at my school several times, of course no one was nude...But if everyone is comfortable with the situation then why not, we are adults.
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