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Clinton Portis Comments on Ines Sainz, Female Reporters in Locker Room

Sep 14, 2010 – 1:00 PM
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Clinton Portis offered up his perspective on female reporters in the locker room during a radio interview Tuesday, words that drew a strong rebuke from the league hours later.

Portis told 106.7 The Fan that a female reporter would find "somebody got to spark her interest" in the locker room. He added, "I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages."

His words come amidst the investigation launched to examine whether Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz was harassed by the New York Jets.

"The comments are clearly inappropriate, offensive, and have no place in the NFL," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We have contacted the Redskins and they will discuss the matter directly with Mr. Portis."

Portis later apologized in a statement released by the team.

"I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize," Portis said. "I respect the job that all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues."

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said the team has "a clear and unambiguous policy about being professional on these issues and we will take the necessary steps to remind everyone about it."

It's not the first time Portis voiced an opinion that was construed as insensitive. Three years ago, he told a television station that regarding Michael Vick, then under investigation running a dog fighting ring, "people should mind their own business" and that Vick's dogs were "his property." Portis later apologized.

Here are his full comments from his interview, transcribed by the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg:

"You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions 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 gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can't interact and you can't be involved with athletes, you can't talk to these guys, you can't interact with these guys.

"And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. And you're just sitting here, saying 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

The audio of the clip can be found here.
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