Since I watched hockey as a kid, it was always this way. Industrial-size hampers, home to growing mounds of moist practice jerseys, sit on each side of the cramped chamber in its Syosset, New York, training facility. Players tear off equipment at wooden cubbies bearing their names and numbers, laughing about how Mel Gibson got ribbed at the Golden Globes. A collage on the walls above them shows newspaper headlines and media coverage of famous victories, ringing the small dressing room like a halo. The media circus surrounding professional sports is fed in part by this particularly odd sort of press access.
Female Reporters (and cameras) In The Locker Room – iBLOGalot
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. The players were roaming around in towels or standing by their lockers speaking into digital recorders—no one was smacking towels on butts, no one was making soap jokes. It was very business-like.
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. Cohen clearly didn't notice this, because yup, he kept filming, which is how you end up with a naked Bears player on the internet.
A court order had forced the team to open it clubhouse to women. This article was published more than 7 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. When people find out I'm a sports journalist, the first question they ask is, "What's it like in the locker room? Have you ever seen any famous athletes naked?