A Mexican television reporter who said she felt uncomfortable in the New York Jets locker room last month is returning to work and plans to conduct her interviews anywhere but there.
Ines Sainz, of TV Azteca, will be back on the job next week and said she suggested to the NFL that, from now on, she talk to players on the field or on the sideline.
“I’m not going into the locker rooms anymore,” she said Thursday at a news conference near Universal Studios. “It’s not a good place right now for me. I don’t want to be in there.”
Sainz said she is scheduled to do interviews with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, followed by visits to the Jets and New England Patriots.
She said she took a break after the Jets assignment.
“I need to wait one month to work again because I don’t want to be the focus,” she said. “I’m not looking for that kind of publicity. It affects my career and development in the States.”
A few Jets players made catcalls and comments as Sainz waited with two male co-workers to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is of Mexican descent. An assistant coach also seemed to deliberately throw footballs to players near where Sainz was standing on the sideline during practice.
The NFL responded to the incident by developing a workplace conduct program, underwritten by Jets owner Woody Johnson, to educate players and staffs of all 32 teams.
The NFL fined Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson $15,000 for two rule violations during Detroit’s 44-6 victory Sunday over St. Louis.
The former Seattle Seahawk was fined for kicking the football into the stands and displaying an unauthorized shirt with a personal message written on it.
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs sat out his second straight practice because of an injured left ankle, throwing his status for Sunday’s game against Seattle into question.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection left last week’s win over Carolina after hurting the ankle in the second half.
Former Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch, traded to New England on Monday, restructured his contract to take less money from the Patriots, who plan to use it to pursue a contract extension for Wes Welker.
Branch was scheduled to make $5.47 million this season and $5.95 in 2011. ESPN reported that his salary for 2010 remains unchanged, but his 2011 salary is now closer to $2.15 million with $2 million available in incentives.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, recovering from a concussion, was cleared by doctors and returned to practice. He’s optimistic he will start Sunday’s game against Miami. Jacksonville Jaguars players became the 15th group of players who voted to give the NFL Players Association their backing to decertify the union in the event of a labor lockout next year.