The Ines Sainz-effect on my own coverage of the Jets


The Ines Sainz-effect on my own coverage of the Jets

By Mary Paoletti

I've so far avoided speaking out about the Ines Sainz debacle. But that changes right now.

In three days, I'll be at New Meadowlands Stadium to cover the PatriotsJets game for CSNNE. It's likely that part of my job on Sunday will be to patrol the New York locker room for player interviews. I would be lying if I said that what female reporter Sainz went through isn't on my mind as the weekend approaches.

You see, Ines and I have a lot in common.

No, I've never been called "the hottest sports reporter in Mexico" (weird). FHM has never put me on any of it's "Hottest anything in the World" lists. Oh, I've also never been in movies, posed in bikinis for magazines, or run informal bicep competitions during the Super Bowl.

But you know what? We're both 5'8".

So of course the fact that I've never let locker room behavior bother me in the past is completely changed now. Of course I'm going to become obsessed with the idea of being harassed. Why do they even let me in there?!

Well. One thing I'm keeping in mind is that I have a certain amount of control over how I'm perceived. Linda Cohn, ESPN veteran and career-hero of mine, tweeted it best yesterday.

"Women in lockerooms should be educated on subject they're covering & should dress in business attire,'' she wrote. "If female reporters act professionally in lockerooms, most athletes will too. It's that simple.''

Sounds like a plan to me, Linda.

Just in case, though, I've got a fail-safe in mind. This outfit was tested in Washington and was deemed 100 Portis-proof. Phew!

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”