My column last week tied together two gossipy occurrences in the sports world: 1 Karrine Steffans' tell-all book; and 2 TV reporter Carolyn Hughes' alleged affair with Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe. I was sarcastically making the point that women have proudly become equal partners in America's sexual irresponsibility. It really wasn't intended as a column about locker room access for sports reporters. Yes, I said that it's foolish to send women into men's bathrooms. And yes, I also implied that it's stupid, primitive and intrusive for any reporter -- male or female -- to conduct interviews in the locker room with athletes who are showering and changing clothes.
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All of my male media brethren went cruising into this sacred place, and then, there was only me—the lone female reporter covering a USC football game—waiting outside. Me, the girl who has no fear, was nervous. Fear of the unknown tends to do that to you. Cripes, maybe I should just wait til they all get dressed before talking to them? In I went into the world of major testosterone, stinky athletic shoes, and wrinkled jerseys, and out I came a different person.
Bengals offensive lineman calls for change to media access
Andrew Whitworth has spoken up against media access to NFL locker rooms before, but his voice on the subject might be growing a little louder now. Whitworth took the subject matter to Twitter on Sunday night after the interview aired and addressed it with media Monday at Paul Brown Stadium. Media members currently have access to locker rooms in all the major male professional sports — including Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. The WNBA also has an open locker room policy with a minute cooling off period following games. This is my office space. Men deserve a right too. We have rights. We have privacy. We deserve all the things we want as well.
The Bears locker room celebration briefly turned X-rated on Monday night after the team's win over the Redskins. After the game, Bears running back Tarik Cohen decided that he wanted to share the team's victory celebration on social media, so he started a video on Instagram Live. Of course, the problem with starting a postgame live stream from an NFL locker room is that at any given moment, there are usually multiple people walking around naked, and the Bears locker room was no exception. In the background of Cohen's video, you can see the offensive lineman stripping, and it didn't take long before he was fully in the buff.