After $30,000 donated, Wyche holds to stand

January 03, 1991

Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche said yesterday that the National Football League hasn't heard the last from him about restricting female reporters' access to the locker room.

Wyche said he received a $10 donation in the mail yesterday to help pay his $27,941 fine from commissioner Paul Tagliabue for keeping a reporter out of the Bengals locker room. Wyche said the $10 gave him $30,000 in donations from 37 states and 12 countries.

"Thank you, America, for knowing what's right," Wyche said.

He said the donations will go to a local charity for the homeless. He paid the fine out of his pocket.

Wyche said he hasn't changed his opinion that the fine was excessive. Wyche was fined for defying league rules and barring USA Today's Denise Tom from the locker room after an Oct. 1 loss in Seattle.

It came one year after he was fined $3,000 for barring all reporters from the locker room after a loss to Seattle at Riverfront Stadium.

Wyche said he's received letters of support from players, wives of owners, general managers, referees and wives of players.

The Bengals hang a curtain midway through the locker room after games, forming a changing area.

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