** FILE ** Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs celebrates after the Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-10, in an NFL football game in Chicago in this Sept. 16, 2007 file photo. Briggs, who once said he'd never play another down for the Bears, has re-signed with Chicago, agreeing to a six-year deal. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Women covering sports in Chicago is nothing new. By my own unofficial count there are 15 female sports reporters in town from tv, to print, to the web.
And most players agree: when you're at work, it is the responsibility of all parties in the workplace to act professionally -- whether you are the athlete or the reporter, and no matter how anyone is dressed.
Just ask Tommie Harris.
"Just do your job, that’s it," said Harris. "It’s the same as a man in the locker room to me."
Following the the Ines Sainz incident, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams reiterating their media policy for equal access and conduct toward the media. They reminded the teams women are a common part of the sports media, and by law must be granted the same rights to perform their jobs as men. The league asked the players to remember that women reporters are professionals as should be treated as such.
Still, some players think it would be better were women not allowed into the locker room at all.
"I don’t think women should be in the locker room," said Lance Briggs. "The locker room is the place where us guys, us football players, we dress, we shower, we’re naked, we’re walking around and we’re bombarded by media. A lot of times I’m asking the media to wait until I’m dressed."