Last September, TV reporter Inés Sainz threw a royal fit and even announced at a press conference at TV Azteca’s offices in California that she would no longer be reporting from the locker room due to all the controversy surrounding her, a decision that the NFL agreed with.
But on Tuesday, Sainz said said she was delighted in participating in Super Bowl XLV.
“This is a day when we in the media can share a really good time with the players in a very relaxed environment,” said Sainz.
Last September, the NFL conducted an investigation into what exactly went on the day she visited the Jets to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“The conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, but he also praised Jets owner Woody Johnson and the team administration’s quick response to address the allegations that Sainz had been made to feel uncomfortable.
Goodell said some football passes were throw in Sainz’s direction on the practice field. “Sainz herself was unequivocal in saying both that no physical contact occurred, and that no player or other Jets staff member made any comment or gesture that could be construed as threatening, demeaning or offensive,” he wrote.
Sainz agreed to that statement on Tuesday.
“It’s behind me,” she said. “I always think that it’s overreaction what happened with the Jets because I was there, and I didn’t hear anything offensive,” she said.
Goodell also said that he would personally be committed to implement additional training on proper conduct in the workplace for all 32 teams in the NFL, with owner Woody Johnson footing that bill.
Sainz said on Tuesday, that her interviews with players for the upcoming Super Bowl went well.
“They are very nice with me,” she said. “…These are not the first interviews that I’ve done since the incident. I was in Pittsburgh. I did an interview with Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and the coach.”
At Media Day, she met with wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who was there to represent his Ochocinco News Network. She asked him if he was indeed contemplating changing his name back to his original Chad Johnson.
“I don’t know,” said Ochocinco. “It depends on the people that support me in Mexico. So what I’d like TV Azteca to do is take a poll. If the people of Mexico and the Latin community want me to keep it, I think maybe I’ll keep it.”
We think he should keep it only if he signs 8-5 instead of Ochocinco.