POSTED: Thursday September 16th 2010
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Portis Makes the Mistake of Opening Mouth to Ines Sainz of TV Azteca
The NFL has chastised Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis for making allegedly sexist comments in regard to an incident involving the New York Jets on Saturday.
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis is a lot of things, but, at least based on his recent supposedly scandalous comments, a sexist is not one of them.
He is clearly an idiot, though, a viewpoint only reinforced by his well-documented need to dress up in costume and ability to play the part to perfection. Still, careful examination of just what he said on Tuesday during his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, in regard to Mexican sports reporter Ines Sainz of TV Azteca being made uncomfortable on Saturday while in the New York Jets’ locker room, will reveal that he hasn’t an actual thought in his head, let alone a sexist one.
“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,” he said, clearly more guilty of butchering the English language than saying anything truly offensive to women. The one thing that can be taken away from this particular quote is that he knows what a locker room is… God knows he said it enough times in a span of five seconds.
He then followed that gem of a sentence (turned, somehow, into two) with the following: “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 packages. 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.”
Saying that a woman would be attracted to at least one naked man in a locker room may not have been the right way for Portis to go. Considering the sensitive subject matter, he was already in dangerous waters. Instead of treading lightly, he managed to violently send himself up shit creek without a paddle, providing an in-depth perspective into the human condition. But that’s all it was. Of course, calling it a perspective, let alone an in-depth one, implies an ounce of intelligence on Portis’s part, but, still, the way he phrased it indicates that he was only trying to convey that it’s human nature for a member of one sex to be attracted to one of the other in a setting such as a locker room, where clothing is not a requirement.
It’s kind of true when one thinks about it. He didn’t say the reporter was in the wrong to enter locker room. All he said, whether he intended to or not, was that a woman sports reporters’ job is difficult, just as his would be if he were to report on an all-female sport. He did come across as a misogynistic buffoon saying what he did (what probably contributed to that, however, was the overall debauched tone of the show and the host’s laugh-trackesque response to Portis’s answer), but there are far worse things Portis could have said to draw the ire of the NFL, which publicly condemned the comments. But they kind of had to, as well. The only truly bad thing about Portis’s comments was that they seemed to defend the Jets’ behaviour.
At the end of the day, female reporters have as much right to report on football as the next male one. If anything good has come out of this incident it’s the widespread acknowledgement that things like this do occur in professional sports and that there’s no place for them. Another good thing? The revelation that is Clinton Portis and all the hilariously clever things that come out of his mouth. Portis, bless his heart, has probably learnt to think before he speaks from here on out… if that’s possible. Actually, just to be on the safe side, he should probably forego future appearances on the program in question, because, clearly, all they do is give him a venue to say stupid things.
As for the Jets, never before has head coach Rex Ryan’s off-season prediction that the team will go all the way this year been so amusing, especially considering starting defensive tackle Kris Jenkins suffered a season-ending knee injury on Monday. Karma or not, it will probably teach the Jets to focus on their collective chances this season rather than their own individual ones at scoring with an attractive female reporter.
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