Dear New York Jets:
I hope every single one of you got a call from your mother this week where she said that she’s ashamed of you and that she didn’t raise you to act like that.
You know what I’m talking about. Ines Sainz, pretty reporter from a Mexican tv station came to stand on the sidelines, look pretty for the tv cameras, and interview a player. That’s her job. Including the part where she looks pretty. Including the part where she wears tight jeans. But instead of treating her like professional, like a human being, you were rude, demeaning, and generally gross.
You job is to throw a ball. And you wear tight pants too. So, shut your damn yaps about how she dresses or what her job description is. You’re not helping yourself out by speculating about what her looks or her clothes mean.
There was absolutely no excuse for you all to hoot and holler or make comments or catcalls or whatever adolescent garbage you started when she walked into your locker room with her press credential to do a scheduled interview with Mark Sanchez. That shit is just that: shit. You can bet your whole over-inflated salary that the guys in the White House wouldn’t have catcalled at her if she’d walked into a briefing there, even in tight jeans. She wouldn’t have heard it from the geeks at Apple if she’d shown up at one of their events to cover the latest iPad. None of the traders on Wall Street would have broken away form their busy schedule of flapping their hands and barking orders into cell phones to be rude to her. And if all the assholes in politics, corporate America, and Wall Street can keep their thoughts to themselves, you sure as hell can too.
Listen New York Jets, just because you play a game for a living, doesn’t mean you’re actually special. The rules still apply. You need to treat people with respect. And if you don’t, you’re a douche-nozzle. Plain and simple. I wish like crazy that your bosses would dock your ridiculous paychecks for shit like this because no one should get to strut out of the locker room with a money busting out of their pockets after behaving so poorly.
Because you know what? In any other workplace in America? Sexual harassment has consequences. And it should in your workplace too. But since it doesn’t, since the owners and the league care more about selling tickets and moving branded merchandise than about making sure their employees adhere to the most basic levels of civility, all I can do is dream about the tongue lashings I hope you all got from your mothers after this story broke. And rest assured, that my son will NEVER think he’s entitled to treat another person the way you all treated that Ines Sainz. NEVER.
Grow up, New York Jets. Just…grow the hell up.