May 3, 1991 |
Three politicians once came up behind me as I quietly sat at a bar and began bellowing that they were going to knock my block off and stomp me flatter than a pancake. They called me all sorts of colorful names that impugned my ancestry, questioned my sexual habits and suggested that I was lower than a spittoon. They were upset about something I had written. Fortunately, I was having a drink at the moment with Johnny Kerr, the former basketball player who now broadcasts Chicago Bulls games.
October 1, 1990 |
The harassment of reporter Lisa Olson in the Patriots locker room two weeks ago was "premeditated" and "between 10 and 15 players" planned it or knew about it and didn't try to stop it, the Boston Herald sports writer charged yesterday. On a day when the New England locker room threatened a shakeup of the team's front office, Olson said the Patriots covered up the incident because key offensive players were involved, "and if they had been suspended, the whole offense would've gone.
November 28, 1990 |
Lisa Olson sat in front of a microphone in the lobby of the Boston Herald, quietly read a statement, and went back upstairs to work. The NFL had announced its findings in the New England Patriots' sexual harassment of her Sept. 17, and a total of $72,500 in fines, but Olson wasn't one to bask in her victory. She just wanted to get back to work and put the whole mess behind her. "My satisfaction with the investigation and subsequent sanctions is surpassed only by my wish the disgraceful incident had never occurred in the first place," she said.
February 12, 1991 |
Pity the poor recidivist. Victor Kiam, patron and owner of the New England Patriots, a man better known for his electric razor than his razor wit, had been sent to solitary after the Lisa Olson debacle. Now, before he served his time, he has struck again. Who let this guy out on furlough? Why doesn't his P.R. man have him under electronic surveillance? At a nearly all-male, all-jock event in Connecticut, the Remington reaper was being roasted about a season in which the losses on the playing field were more than matched by the losers in the locker room.
September 28, 1990 |
The NFL will appoint a special counsel to investigate a locker-room incident in which a reporter said she was sexually harassed by several New England Patriots players, commissioner Paul Tagliabue said yesterday. Patriots owner Victor Kiam, who has been criticized for his comments about the incident, said the team would cooperate fully. The action came three days after Patriots general manager Patrick Sullivan said the club had concluded its investigation by fining an unidentified player an undisclosed amount.
February 7, 1991 |
Victor Kiam, the owner of football's New England Patriots and the man who does his own Remington razor commercials, apologized yesterday for using Boston reporter Lisa Olson as a foil Monday night at a males-only sports dinner in New York. He had asked the crowd if it knew what the Iraqis "have in common with Lisa Olson? They've both seen Patriot missiles up close. " In the fall, three Patriots players were fined by National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue for sexually harassing Olson in their locker room.
October 6, 1990 |
As a certified sports-orexic, I face a daily groaning board of games and news with hardly a pang of temptation. The only sport that passes my lips is an occasional baseball, one red sock at a time. Even then, I just nibble. Despite this deep aversion, it has become clear over the last decade that almost every social issue concerning Americans gets played out on or around a field. Everything except rock-and-roll ends up on the sports pages and shows. You want to talk about drugs?
July 10, 1991 |
Tight end Zeke Mowatt, one of three players accused of sexually harassing a female sportswriter last year, was waived yesterday by the New England Patriots. Mowatt played seven seasons in the NFL and played for the New York Giants when they won the Super Bowl after the 1986 season. Last year, according to court documents, Lisa Olson, then a reporter for the Boston Herald, was interviewing a Patriots player in the locker room on Sept. 17 when Mowatt, who was naked, displayed his genitals and made sexual remarks.
October 16, 1990 |
Outside the world of sports, the question of women reporters being barred from the locker room after the ballgame is hardly earthshaking. Nevertheless, feminists and others concerned with equal rights have raised it as a significant challenge to women's equality. I think it is significant for another reason: as an example of how ideological taboos have made common sense discussions of discrimination impossible. The case of Lisa Olson, sportswriter, is well rehearsed. While she was trying to conduct a locker-room interview, several naked New England Patriots allegedly subjected her to lewd gestures and sexual innuendo.
December 9, 1990 |
Victor Kiam, the owner of the New England Patriots, has offered athletic director Sam Jankovich of the University of Miami the job as general manager of the club, the Providence Journal-Bulletin reported yesterday. The job of Patrick Sullivan, New England's general manager, has apparently been in jeopardy since Lisa Olson, a Boston Herald reporter, was harassed by players in the team's locker room last September. A source close to Kiam told the Journal-Bulletin that Kiam "may have some other people in mind, but he won't talk with them unless (Jankovich)