This morning Clinton Portis was a guest on the Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner. Towards the end of the interview, Kushner asked Portis what he thought of the Inez Sainz situation with the New York Jets.
I was listening to this live, and only found him “honest” with his answer. For those who did not hear he said:
“You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.
“And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. And you’re just sitting here, saying ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”
In anycase, the NFL and the Redskins were quick to correct him and this situation and Portis released this statement via the Redskins.
“I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. I respect the job that all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues.”
Personally, I think this is being way over-blown. Earlier in the interview he did mention how he felt the media spins stories and makes them into bigger issues. In my opinion this is one. Obviously women reporters must be treated with the same respect as male reporters no matter what. That is not the issue. But NFL players and locker dwellers, and they will talk “locker-room talk.” Postis is known for extremely honest, and sometimes it nails him on the rear like it did today. If you think Kushner was stumbling on a pot of gold when he asked that question, you my friend are naive.