Ines Sainz (PICTURES): New York Jets Reporter Talks About Locker Room Incident
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Ines Sainz says she has accepted New York Jets owner Woody Johnson's personal apology for the team's inappropriate behavior during a practice on Saturday.
On CBS News' "The Early Show," the sportscaster for Mexico's TV Azteca put the incident in her own words, saying that the minute she walked into the locker room, everyone started talking about her and making jokes.
She said, "I decided not to pay attention. I was focusing on my interview so I go direct to the locker of room of Mr. Sanchez and I wait for him. But I believe that the rest of the media start to hear the different kind of things that I didn't hear. And sometime in a minute, a colleague [said], 'Come with me, and I'm so sorry...It's terrible. I feel sorry for you.' So I tried to say, 'Don't worry, I can handle the situation.' And that's it. And I don't even try to pay attention."
She added, "I was focused on my job, and try to not pretend not to be feeling bad in this situation."
Sainz, a veteran reporter for TV Azteca who has been covering sports for nine years, says she trusts the NFL and believes they will take the appropriate action.
"I really believe in what NFL decide[s]," she told the morning show. "I really believe that they find that they need to punish someone, they are going to do it. And if they find if it's not necessary, I really trust in what they say."
Though she doesn't plan to pursue any further action in case, that doesn't mean that the team is out of legal trouble.
Wendy Murphy, a victims' rights advocate and former prosecuting attorney, told The Early Show that "if people around her saw it as sexual harassment, it could be actionable even if she's not quite clear if she wants to file a lawsuit yet."