Thursday, September 16, 2010, 5:41 PMBy Holden Kushner
I asked Clinton Portis a simple question. I got a simple, light-hearted (although politically incorrect) and truthful answer. If it hurt your feelings, toughen up.
Portis was forced to apologize after part of his quote from my question was singled out and blown WAY out of proportion. You can listen to the audio here.
The main words at the heart of this faux controversy are as follows:
You put a woman (in a locker room) and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. ... You know, somebody got to spark her interest or she's gonna want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages.
Was the message politically correct? No. Did it speak the truth? Yes. Did the mention of 53 mens packages make me laugh? Absolutely.
And when you listen to the interview remember that he never said that women shouldnt be in the locker room nor did he say that women wouldnt be able to control their natural impulse.
Its human nature to feel attracted to the opposite sex. If you put a woman (or in even some cases a man) in a locker room full of mostly well-conditioned athletes walking around naked, its almost impossible for the natural laws of attraction NOT to take their course.
Listen, Ive talked to plenty of female reporters about their experiences in the locker room. Some find it uncomfortable. Many of those women have admitted that despite this awkwardness, they admit that the rules of attraction still take effect. ITS HUMAN NATURE!
Over my 13 years in the business, Ive also encountered a couple of females that admit they like to take a peek.
These are the women that credible female reporters should be pointing their ire towards. Not Clinton Portis. Portis was stating fact. Women, like Inez Sainz, who dress like theyre going out to a nightclub on Friday night in South Beach, give you a bad name.
Ultimately, my ire is aimed towards those in the media who refuse to see any of the truth in Portis statement, and refuse to admit that men and women actually do check each other out (intentionally or unintentionally) in the work place. The work place in this instance happens to be where grown men walk around with little or no clothes.
Almost every former athlete Ive talked to since this controversy began has said that the subject of women being attracted to men in the locker room, and vice versa, has been discussed and joked about many times. Agree Antonio Pierce?
Former Redskins and Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, decided to call me rude because I laughed during Portis comments during his spot on ESPNs NFL Live.
I dont need to remind Mr. Pierce that his wife is a sports reporter. Imagine that. A female reporter and an athlete find each other attractive. Shocker.
Antonio declined my invitation to be interviewed numerous times.
Want to be upset at somebody? Get upset at ESPN for deciding to be the moral compass of sports. What are their credentials?
Blame Inez Sainz, from TV Azteca, who doesnt feel she should change her wardrobe when she covers sports. She sets respect for women in the profession back about three decades.
Want to blame Clinton Portis? He never said women shouldnt be in the locker room. Go ahead. Youre ignoring the truth and pointing the finger in the wrong direction.