Portis backtracks on comments about female reporter

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, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis ensured the hot topic of female reporters in NFL locker rooms won't be going away any time soon by making some controversial remarks on a Washington radio station.

On Tuesday, Portis was asked for his take on the NFL's investigation of the New York Jets' treatment of television reporter Ines Sainz. Several Jets players had been accused of making catcalls and sexist remarks towards Sainz while she was waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Portis said he wasn't fully aware of what transpired in the Jets' locker room but added that some form of sexual tension is bound to happen when women are permitted entry into a male-dominated environment.

"I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 52 guys, and all of a sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn around and look and want to say something to that woman," Portis said on 106.7 The Fan.

"You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's [bodies]. I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

The NFL quickly condemned Portis' statements and it wasn't long before Portis was forced to apologize for his remarks.

"I was wrong to make the comments I did, and I apologize," Portis said in a statement just a few hours after his radio interview. "I respect the job all reporters do. It is a tough job and we all have to work and act in a professional manner. I understand and support the team on these issues."

Prior to Portis' comments, Sainz appeared on national television in the United States and remained non-committal about whether the Jets players had done anything wrong.

"I personally believe if [NFL security] find that [Jets players] are very aggressive in the way they speak about me, yes they deserve [punishment]," Sainz said during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

"But I'm not sure it happened."


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