For the Win — On Sunday, following the Indianapolis Colts‘ 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, three female reporters were denied entry into the locker room to talk to players so they could write about the game, or in other words do their jobs. Because they were women.
This happened in the year 2015.
Graham Watson of Yahoo! and Joey Chandler of Tuscaloosa News (who, ironically enough, were in town for an Associated Press Sports Editors diversity weekend) both tweeted about the incident, saying that they were barred by an usher who had this to offer as a reason: “you know how guys are.”
Eventually, a couple of Watson and Chandler’s male contemporaries were able to help them gain access.
It is with a heavy heart that I report this today. As I told the guys on Dale & Holley when they questioned me about having Lucy the Intern on my podcast, I am all about empowering women. Whether it’s promoting women to positions of power or giving them a forum to talk about their rules for sending nude photos to allowing them equal access to locker rooms, I stand for nothing if not the cause of gender equality. Not to blow my own horn, but who around here celebrated the heroism of a brave Swedish porn star who risked her life to stop a bullfight? I did. It’s just how I roll.
So I’m shocked — shocked! — that in this day and age some of my sisters in this struggle would be discriminated against so callously. But I also have to recognize the organization that is responsible. The Indianapolis Colts aren’t as progressive and enlightened as the rest of us. This, after all, is the same team that covered up for Marvin Harrison when his gun was used in shooting incidents, ditched Peyton Manning the second he got injured, intentionally tanked a season in order to draft Andrew Luck, and set up an elaborate hoax about the inflation of footballs to distract from the fact they can’t put a competitive game together when they face the Patriots. What more can we expect from the Colts? A team whose owner who had a mistress die under suspicious circumstances and drives around high as a lab rat with tens of thousands of dollars in small bills on his person is not exactly the sort of person one turns to when one is looking for female empowerment.
Then again, knowing it was the Colts, they might have just assumed Graham Watson and Joey Chandler were their under Bill Belichick‘s orders to bug the locker room. Now we’re left to wonder if they’re going to hang a “Bullying Women 2015 Finalists” banner from the RCA Dome.
DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.