NFL looks into Jets' treatment of female reporter

September 12, 2010

The NFL is looking into how a female television reporter was treated at New York Jets practice Saturday.

Ines Sainz, a reporter for Mexico's TV Azteca doing a story on quarterback Mark Sanchez, had footballs thrown in her direction by a Jets coach during practice, and players later called out to her in the team's locker room.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Sunday that the league and the Jets began looking into the situation when they were made aware of it Saturday night.

The Jets issued a statement, saying owner Woody Johnson spoke to Sainz on Sunday to discuss the incident.

''He stressed to Ines that he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times,'' the statement said.

The team also said it would work with the league to gather facts and ''take any appropriate steps necessary to maintain a respectful environment for the media.''

The Association for Women in Sports Media said in a statement Sunday night that both the NFL and the Jets were ''responsive to our concerns'' and that it would continue to monitor the situation.

''We are awaiting the results of the investigation,'' the statement read, ''and further action from the NFL and Jets.''