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The New York Jets sure know how to draw attention to themselves. But for all of their bravado, if reports are true, they’ve gone too far.

The Jets should know better. They’ve drawn a gigantic bull’s eye on their backs with their mouths, added to it with their appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and then supposedly behave as if they live in a cave. The latest news is that members of the organization harassed a female reporter.

If true, they — the Jets — were dead wrong. But they aren’t the only ones to shoulder blame.

From what published reports are detailing, the Jets, led by assistant coach Dennis Thurman, overthrew passes intended for defensive backs so that the balls would land near Mexican television reporter Ines Sainz. Later, head coach Rex Ryan joined in as did linebacker Jason Taylor. Taylor decided he needed to learn a new position. My guess is “Dancing with the Stars” wasn’t enough.

It didn’t stop there. Once in the locker room, the purported harassment continued. When another reporter checked to see if Sainz was OK, big nose tackle Kris Jenkins yelled something along the lines of it being the team’s locker room, suggesting it can do as it pleased.

But also at fault is Sainz.

This is the same person who once had a pair of Indianapolis Colts carry her around on their shoulders at Super Bowl Media Day to draw attention to herself — not her work.

Before anyone becomes indignant with me, understand that Sainz (yes, that’s her AT WORK below) is a reporter. That means that she, like any professional, should approach her job as such.

Showing up to report on Mark Sanchez or any other subject, sports or otherwise, you show respect for yourself and for your assignment. Wearing jeans a few sizes too short is inappropriate.

This is what she claims to have been wearing Saturday. Just to be clear, that picture was not taken Saturday. There are Web sites that have that photo posted as far back as April of this year.

Listen, my trunk is bigger than average, but I’m not going to show up anywhere wearing clothes in which I couldn’t smuggle air. And I don’t think she can only find clothing at Baby Gap.

There are two extremes. A colleague of mine believes in arriving late to assignments and wearing clothing that is equipped with armpit stains or with holes. None of those are acceptable, so it isn’t a case of gender discrimination. If my colleague and Sainz switched wardrobes, it would still be unacceptable.

There are some who might point to what is culturally acceptable for Mexican television opposed to in the States. But if someone were to go to another country to report, you should follow the guidelines or norms of that culture. For example, had Sainz dressed as she’s known to at a soccer, er, football match in Saudi Arabia, she would have been in hot water. The excuse of this is what is acceptable in Mexico wouldn’t fly — and it doesn’t here, either.

The Jets’ players and staff, who were apparently aware of what happened, were 100 percent out of line and should be punished. And I can understand that maybe they found Ms. Sainz distracting, still she deserved to be treated as a person and not some piece of meat.

While I can’t tell you exactly what she was wearing, her track record of leaving little to the imagination in what is supposed to be a professional environment disrespects everyone.

It’s just a shame that neither Sainz nor members of the Jets believed professionalism mattered.

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Believe in green

This is my column from The Bulletin on the Jets playing in the AFC Championship:

There are certain memories ingrained into the psyche of young sports fans. Usually, it’s some sort of record or championship.

For me, it’s Mark Gastineau’s roughing the passer penalty late in the fourth quarter against Cleveland during the divisional round of the 1987 NFL playoffs. With the New York Jets up 10 points, the penalty gave the Browns new life and eventually a 23-20 double overtime victory. At 11 years old, I had already been indoctrinated into the S.O.J. club.

That is, the Same ‘Ol Jets.

That was going to be their year. Beat the Browns and face the Broncos, a team the Jets had already beaten earlier in the season. Super Bowl, here we come.

Maybe that’s the penalty for wearing a Ken O’Brien jersey.

This is where I can sort of empathize with Red Sox fans — these losing seasons suck. Just like the Sox, maybe there’s hope for the Jets.

I liked this year’s team from the start, but never did I imagine this. Playoffs? Sure. The AFC Championship game on Sunday? Never.

All of this sudden success — I don’t want to hear how the Jets don’t belong — has got me rethinking. Let’s call it rehabilitation or a lifestyle change, if you will. No longer are the Jets subject to play doormat. No, just like the team, I’m buying into coach Rex Ryan’s bravado.

No longer do I, as a fan, believe the world has a personal vendetta against the colors green and white. I’ve sat in enough blue seats and red seats to know the suffering has to end eventually.

Hanging on the wall of my home office is a black and white 8×10 photo of former Jets tight end Mickey Schuler. Schuler understood Jets fans, even those too young to remember a decade-long playoff drought in the 1970s. He knew that to love the Jets, a team that didn’t even have its own stadium, meant you were incredibly loyal or a glutton for punishment.

Maybe both.

The inscription on the photo reads: “To Joe, Keep the Faith.”

You know what? I have. From Al Toon to Dennis Byrd to Joe Walton to Pete Carroll to Rich Kotite to Wayne Chrebet to The Tuna to Curtis Martin to Santana Moss. Even Bill Belichick, although I don’t recall much about his tenure. Through it all, faith is all any of us have.

That’s enough for me to think big. Super big.

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