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PATRIOTS REPORT

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"What's Good For The Gander... Is Good For The Goose!"

The report explores topics surrounding the Patriots locker

room incident (the "Incident") from varying perspectives.

Against a backdrop of public opinions, public statements,

legal rulings, and social movements we present facts, or

"dots" for the reader to connect. This Report is not intended

to investigate or judge the alleged actions of the parties

involved, though the reader may draw some interesting objects

when connecting the dots.

 

At first glance, and through the eyes of most people asked

(over 140 to date), the core issue of the Incident appears to

be the priority of individual "rights," i.e., a female sports

reporter's right to access and to report in a male locker

rooms versus a male athlete's right to privacy from females

while dressing. But the question is, "Is this the case?"

 

The report is not intended to anger, though it surely will.

There is no such thing as a "no-fault" incident or accident.

There are always responsible parties in acts other than

natural disasters which can even be lessened with

forethought. And there is no doubt that this report will

provoke further thought and actions in the areas discussed.

 

Social movements tend to work like pendulums... flying to

extremes, never stopping dead center. It is hoped that this

report will help to stop the pendulum at midpoint.

 

 

SCOUTING REPORT

With the Law of Averages being what it is, we do not doubt

there are many who are content with the current way of

reporting sport events. Of roughly 1260 football players,

there must be some who don't care who sees them naked. In

fact, there must be some 100 plus Adonises who downright

enjoy it! Of the women sportswriters, there must be some who

have no problem, some that do and "tough it out," and those

who stay out of the locker rooms altogether. And for the

League, teams and media, the Law of Averages must apply,

though on the surface, the arrangement seems to work well.

Professional sports, the media, the sponsors and the

subsequent fan following -- measured in tickets, trinkets,

viewership and readership -- provide the cornerstones of a

big business. It's a symbiotic system of interrelated

structural supports. And like all systems, it turns into a

house of cards if one part fails.

 

Where do naked athletes get dressed in this house?

 

It seems unlikely that whatever the answer is today will

remain the answer, tomorrow. The interpretation of sexual

harassment laws are already broad and are broadening. The

realization of this fact along with the increased

awareness/insistence by athletes to their right to privacy,

and the renewed movement toward true equality by women sport

reporters will force the League, team ownership/management

and media management to ask and answer the question, "Is the

current locker room arrangement in our best interest?"

The prudent-person rule indicates "No." The risks are far

greater than the rewards. Beside the usual "death and

taxes," in the US there are two other certainties in 1990:

1. Place concrete, uranium, and a heat exchanger next to

flowing water and an anti-nuclear power protest will occur.

2) Place a male, a female, and nudity in a "hostile work

environment" and a nuclear reaction will occur...

the fallout being sexual harassment lawsuits from

either or both sides.

 

Nudity is not a critical success factor in the reporting of

sports... It's not even a factor.

 

When the Incident first occurred, opinions were pretty well

predicated by gender... especially among women who felt that

women had a right to be in the men's locker room, period. As

time has passed, both genders are less strident and now

commonly recognize that the better way to secure the female's

right to a living and the male athlete's right to privacy is

to shield all the media from the nudity. Amazing. Their opinion

is precisely what the court determined in pivotal case of

Ludtke v. Kuhn which gave women access to the locker rooms.

" O! Ye that love mankind!   Ye that dare
   oppose not only tyranny, but the tyrant,
Stand Forth! "
Thomas Paine, Common Sense 1776