After a summer in the spotlight, the Jets are under scrutiny again.
The “Hard Knocks’’ stars are being investigated by the NFL for the way Jets players and coaches carried on when they were visited by a female reporter from a Mexican TV network during the team’s practice Saturday.
Ines Sainz, of Mexico’s
“Of course you feel it when you are being stared at and when you are being spoken of in a certain way,’’ Sainz told the AP. “I opted to ignore it. I tried to not even pay attention.’’
She tweeted in Spanish Saturday night that she tried “not to look anywhere!!’’
“It was an uncomfortable moment because you are in the team’s dressing room and they are obviously changing clothes, showering — doing what they do every day in the locker room,’’ Sainz said. “So being a woman, obviously it was a bit uncomfortable.’’
Sainz also thanked supporters yesterday on Twitter for their concern.
“I already spoke to the NFL and it will be up to them to decide whether or not there will be consequences!!’’ she tweeted.
Sainz was at the New Meadowlands Stadium last night and had a seat in the press box for New York’s season-opening loss to Baltimore.
During defensive back drills Saturday, Jets assistant coach Dennis Thurman seemed to deliberately throw to players near where Sainz was standing on the sideline. Even linebacker Jason Taylor, who normally doesn’t participate in those position drills, went out for a pass.
At the end of the drill, head coach Rex Ryan threw a pass to Thurman, who caught it, ran toward Sainz and appeared to speak to her very briefly.
The Association for Women in Sports Media said a board member spoke to Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum Sunday about the reports. Also, owner Woody Johnson spoke to Sainz, telling her “he expects all members of the Jets organization to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times,’’ Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said.
Sainz said she talked Sunday with NFL officials.