ASHBURN, Va.(CBS/AP) On a radio show on Tuesday, Washington Redskin Clinton Portis tried to explain the dynamics of having a female reporters in NFL locker rooms, in light of the recent incident involving Mexican reporter Ines Sainz at a Jets practice on Saturday.
"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.
Portis continued: "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."
Thursday was Clinton Portis' day to explain his inflammatory comments about female reporters at his weekly media availablity. Instead, he decided to have some fun with it.
When asked about the remarks, the running back stood at his locker and held up messages written on a spiral notebook.
Do you wish you'd never said it? Portis held up the notebook: "NO COMMENT." Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was Portis' co-star in the routine. He put a piece of black athletic tape on Portis' mouth.
What about the game coming up on Sunday? Portis flipped the notebook to another page: "THANKS FOR COMING." Haynesworth then put a second piece of tape on Portis' mouth.
Did you make those signs? Portis responded by turning to two more pages: "GOD BLESS YOU" and then "HAVE A GOOD DAY." Two more pieces of tape from Haynesworth.
That was it.
Portis and Haynesworth, who never talks to media during the week, then left the locker room.
The NFL called the Portis' comments on the radio show offensive, and the Redskins later released a statement that included an apology by Portis. Coach Mike Shanahan also addressed the issue with the flamboyant running back.
The issue of female reporters has come to the forefront in recent days with the NFL's investigation of the New York Jets' treatment of Sainz, a veteran reporter at for Mexican network TV Azteca at a practice over the weekend. While Sainz was working on a story about quarterback Mark Sanchez, she had footballs thrown in her direction by a Jets coach during practice. Players later called out to her in the team's locker room.