Lance Briggs: Locker room is for men

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs reiterated his stance Thursday that female reporters don't belong in a men's locker room.

"No, I don't regret what I said," Briggs said, referring to a Wednesday interview with NBC Chicago. "My statement is that the men's locker room is for men. Just like the women's locker room is for women.

"I meant no disrespect to [the NBC reporter or] any women in our locker room, because we've never had any problems in our locker room. The fact that there is an issue over a woman in the men's locker room, to me is ridiculous. I don't think there should ever be a problem in the men's locker room. That's our realm."

The issue of female reporters in locker rooms resurfaced recently when TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz said she felt uncomfortable in the New York Jets locker room. The NFL investigated the matter and sent out a memo on Tuesday, reminding all 32 teams of its policy about equal access.

"It shouldn't be a big deal, period," Briggs said before practice Thursday from Halas Hall. "This is the same place where grown men are taking showers, this the place where we [use the bathroom], and right outside of all these places we're surrounded by media. As we're drying off, we're naked and trying to answer questions at the same time.

"It's our realm. It's our realm. The media has been welcomed into our realm. I'm not saying what happened there [in New York] is OK, but at the same time, maybe she didn't belong in there."