League to implement workplace conduct training program

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The NFL will implement a training program for conduct in the workplace following a review of the New York Jets' treatment of a reporter from a Mexican television network, the league said in a statement on Friday.

TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz said that she had felt uncomfortable in the Jets' locker room while waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez on September 11.

Following a review of the incident, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that there had been unprofessional conduct but that Jets owner Woody Johnson and his staff took appropriate action to correct the situation.

Johnson made a personal apology to Sainz and arranged a professional education session for the Jets on workplace conduct.

The training program for all 32 teams will be developed by the NFL in consultation with the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) and underwritten by Johnson. It will be implemented this season on an expedited basis and will also be given to rookies entering the league next season.

"The conduct of the Jets clearly should have been better last Saturday," Goodell wrote in a letter to Johnson.

"But your prompt action in calling Ines Sainz and Mike Tannenbaum's subsequent discussions with Joanne Gerstner of AWSM have made clear the club's commitment -- and your personal commitment -- to ensure a respectful and professional environment for all members of the media."

(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Peter Rutherford)