Kiam `A Joke' Who Should Be Suspended, Says Reporter

NEW YORK - The Boston Herald reporter who said she was sexually harassed in the New England Patriots' locker room called today for the suspension of the NFL club's owner and fines for the players involved.

``What we're asking is (for) Paul Tagliabue, the NFL commissioner, to suspend Victor Kiam,'' Lisa Olson said. ``He's a joke, obviously.''

Olson also said Zeke Mowatt, the only player she identified in the incident that the Herald said involved five players, should be fined a substantial amount.

Other reporters said Kiam called Olson a ``classic bitch.''

``Zeke Mowatt was fined the other day, $2,000. This guy makes $630,000 salary. It'll be spread around 14 weeks, and that's like fining me a quarter a week,'' Olson said on CBS' ``This Morning.''

She said Mowatt, who she previously identified as having stood close to her and exposing himself, was not the only player who made lewd or sexist remarks Sept. 17 as she conducted an interview.

The others should be ``identified and fined a substantial amount,'' she said.

She said she had been sitting on a bench at the time and was too embarrassed to look up and see who the other players were.

``They've pretty much identified themselves by the remarks they've made in the paper. They've called the incident trite - `Can't she take a practical joke?' '' Olson said.

Fullback Robert Perryman, whose locker is near the site of the incident, said Monday that if a person ``can't take a joke, you shouldn't be here. . . . I might have said something. I'm sure I probably said something, too.''

Yesterday, Perryman called the incident ``trite.''

Patrick Sullivan, the team's general manager, said Monday he had ended the Patriots' investigation by fining an unidentified player an undisclosed amount. He said a few players were involved but didn't identify others.

Olson said she planned to be at Sunday's home game against New York despite her newspaper's editorial calling for a boycott.

``I'm covering the game against the Jets on Sunday. They don't win any games on the field anyway, and this is another one they won't win,'' she said.

The Herald and national women's groups also want action taken against Kiam and Mowatt.

Tagliabue may decide to suspend, fine or reprimand Mowatt next week after he has met with the player and hears his side of the story, NFL spokesman Joe Browne said yesterday. Tagliabue has ordered Mowatt to report to the NFL office in New York by Friday.

Kiam, who also owns the company that makes Remington electric shavers, has been criticized for his failure to condemn Mowatt and for his comments regarding Olson.

Michele Himmelberg, president of the Association for Women in Sports Media, told USA Today that AWSM would demand that Tagliabue make an example of Kiam to prevent ``unjust harassment'' of female reporters.

Kiam has denied the comments attributed to him, saying he called Olson ``aggressive.'' He apologized for any mistreatment by his employees, but Olson refused to accept the apology.

``How can I accept his apology after he questioned my professionalism in front of hundreds of thousands of television viewers?'' Olson said yesterday.