WASHINGTON — Outspoken Redskins running back Clinton Portis had plenty to say on the radio Tuesday about female reporters in locker rooms.
Addressing the league's investigation of the Jets' treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, Portis said both sexes have wandering eyes in such a setting.
"I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position 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 going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman," Portis said on a Washington station.
The league said his comments were inappropriate and offensive, and Portis later issued an apology through the Redskins.
The league is investigating the Jets after a few players made catcalls at Sainz on Saturday while she waited to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. An assistant coach seemed to deliberately throw the ball to players who were near Sainz during a practice drill. Portis said he wasn't aware of what went on with Sainz, but he offered what he considered to be a female reporter's perspective:
"You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's (bodies). I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league quickly addressed Portis' remarks with the Redskins, who later issued a statement from Portis that said, "I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize. I respect the job that all reporters do. … We all have to work and act in a professional manner."
Tuesday, NFL security officials visited the Jets' facility to interview coaches, players and reporters as part of their investigation.
"We're here to cooperate," said coach Rex Ryan, who was among the coaches interviewed. He said he was not in the locker room when the catcalls were made. He said he was on the practice field when it appeared routes were being run near Sainz.
Sainz appeared on the national morning shows of CBS, NBC and ABC. She continued to describe an "uncomfortable" atmosphere and defend the right of women in locker rooms to have a respectful work environment.
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