The female sports reporter at the center of a sex harassment claim against the Jets now says she doesn't feel the locker room treatment she received was out of line.
"In my opinion, I never felt I was attacked, nor that anything rude was happening to me," Ines Sainz told Spanish-language program DeporTV on Monday.
"I went to the locker room and started to talk about commentary and sports. Another reporter approached me to say he was sorry these things were happening...and that evidently people were making fun of me," she continued.
Despite the media frenzy that has ensued since Sainz complained of being bombarded by locker-room catcalls as she waited to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez, the reporter now maintains, "In no moment, did I feel offended."
Sainz, a reporter for Mexicoגs TV Azteca and a former Miss Spain, also took to Twitter to appeal to fans and defend herself from criticism.
She denied that her choice of outfits while working the field at the Jets' New Jersey training facility over the weekend was "inappropriate," and thanked her fans.
"Thanks to everyone for their support and concern!" Sainz wrote in Spanish via Twitter on Monday. "I already testified before the NFL, and it's up to them to decide whether or not there'll be any consequences."
The 32-year-old blonde beauty said she initially ignored the playersג comments and antics she claims were made at her during the practice.
"What I can tell you is that in the moment I didn't want to give it any importance and I wasn't paying attention, but ... the other media clearly heard and in a show of solidarity made a complaint, looking to ensure that there's always an environment of respect!!" she wrote.
In one Twitter post, she said: "Some of the media are saying that I was dressed inappropriately with the Jets! I was (dressed) exactly like this."
The post was accompanied by a photo of her from behind, wearing a white shirt tucked into a pair of tight jeans, as she stood along the sidelines.
The NFL is investigating the incident, and Commissioner Roger Goodell is demanding answers from the Jets players and coaches.
The 32-year-old, a sports reporter with Mexico's TV Azteca, has worked for the station for several years, and has covered events such as the Super Bowl and the U.S. Open.
Sainz got attention in 2008 when she scored an "exclusive" interview with Terrell Owens.
The Mexican beauty, who is married and was named one of the "Five Sexiest Sports Reporters in the World" by FHM in 2009, is not the first female sports reporter to complain about being treated unfairly by the very people she reports about.
Several women have complained about unfair treatment by male athletes since the 1970s. The most notable incident was in 1990, when Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson was harassed by New England Patriots players, who were later fined. The team general manager Pat Sullivan was also fired.
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