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Friday, September 17, 2010
Jets acted inappropriately, won't be fined

By Tim Graham

The NFL will not fine the New York Jets but has determined they conducted themselves inappropriately with their treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz last Saturday at their facility.

The NFL shared some of the findings of its investigation Friday and announced Jets owner Woody Johnson would underwrite a training program to educate all 32 teams on proper media conduct.

The program will supplement the league's current media policy and be developed with consultation from the Association for Women in Sports Media.

"We've learned from what happened last Saturday and have reaffirmed our commitment to treat all members of the media with professionalism and respect," Johnson said in a statement released by the Jets. "The commissioner has developed a constructive approach that emphasizes education and awareness. I believe what emerges will improve the working relationship between all media and the NFL."

Over the past a week, the Sainz incident unfurled into a philosophical debate about such issues as professional attire, journalistic conduct, what some players really think about women in the locker room and whether reporters should be permitted inside at all.

Two columns were published Friday that I wanted to share.

My former Buffalo News colleague Amy Moritz is president of the Association for Women in Sports Media. She addressed the matter with a fundamental overview of why women have the right to be in a male locker room.

Moritz later released a statement on behalf of the AWSM that said she was "pleased with the resolution of this matter."

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins scrutinized the bigger picture from the perspective of a woman who has seen her share of locker stalls. Jenkins wrote the best column I've seen on the matter, shooting down myths, putting pundits in their place and giving readers a straightforward take that's tough to debate.