Ines Sainz, the Mexican sports anchor who was involved in an alleged harassment situation in the locker room of the New York Jets two years ago, said Tuesday the incident helped her become a well-known figure in the U.S. sports world.
"I never felt harassed," the TV Azteca anchor said while in Juarez. "But I'm grateful that it did happen because it allowed me to participate in a U.S. TV chain as an anchor. I had to defend my credibility, and what I gained from that incident is that I became well-known in the United States."
Sainz, who is a lawyer and has two master's degrees, including one in international sports business administration, visited Juarez to speak at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, a private education institution. The discussion focused on women's leadership and competitiveness in today's world.
"The main obstacle that women face nowadays is mental," Sainz said. "Many women don't think they deserve to be in high-level managing positions, and that's the limitation."
Besides being a TV anchor, Sainz is a wife and mother of four.
She said that in a situation like hers, the challenge is to find the right balance.
"Today's mothers know how to organize themselves," Sainz said. "But you have to learn to say no and to find the middle point, in which you defend your career and take care of your family."
Sainz advised the students to keep their dreams alive and to fight for them.
"Don't worry about what people are going to say," she said. "If you have a dream, follow it."
In 2010, Sainz became well known in the U.S. when she was sent to interview New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and reportedly was harassed by catcalls, whistling and extended stares by the players. The Association of Women In Sports Media asked the NFL to investigate. The NFL talked to the players and apologized to Sainz.
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