Michele Himmelberg, president of the 400-member Association for Women in Sports Media, yesterday called upon New England Patriots owner Victor Kiam to determine whether he should take action against General Manager Patrick Sullivan and Media Relations Director Jim Oldham for their handling of the Lisa Olson incident.

"I would like to see Kiam take some action," said Himmelberg, a staff writer for the Orange County (Calif.) Register. "It's up to Kiam to determine whether they {Sullivan and Oldham} should still be there."

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue concluded Tuesday that three players behaved improperly Sept. 17 while Boston Herald reporter Olson was interviewing a player in the Patriots' locker room. Levying fines, he termed it "a serious incident of misconduct" and said club officials "appeared to condone" the misconduct.

Tight end Zeke Mowatt was fined $12,500 and wide receiver Michael Timpson and running back Robert Perryman, who now plays for the Dallas Cowboys, $5,000 each. The club was fined $25,000 and ordered to pay another $25,000 for materials to supplement those it uses to instruct players and other club personnel on "responsible dealings with the media."

In a letter to Kiam, Tagliabue said "the Patriots' management {in particular, James Oldham, Patrick Sullivan and his staff} first reacted to the incident too slowly and with too little regard for the proper enforcement of league policies."

Kiam reportedly was on the verge of firing Sullivan after the incident was first reported and a firestorm of controversy followed. Tagliabue intervened, prompting Kiam to maintain the status quo.

Oldham, citing club policy, declined to comment. Sullivan could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the Patriots players, after a day off, returned to work yesterday and tried to resume something of a normal routine.

Mowatt, besieged by reporters, responded to most questions by giving out the phone number of his attorney. But Mowatt said: "I feel good about myself."

Cornerback Ronnie Lippett told the Boston Herald, "The number one lesson for us is common courtesy."

Asked how the Patriots might get the incident behind them, he replied: "The way for this to be over is for you {the media} to focus on this incident, publicizing that we're truly sorry that it ever happened. It's going to take time to heal the wounds in this organization and go about our business of winning games and having the public behind us instead of against us."

Himmelberg and Ellen Convisser, president of the 3,000-member Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women, said they were pleased with Tagliabue's decision.

"Our only concern is that Tagliabue has really focused on what he said was misconduct on the part of the players without defining it as sexual harassment," said Convisser, who called the fines "largely symbolic."

Himmelberg said her organization also would like to see establishment of a mechanism by which incidents of alleged sexual harassment can be reported directly to the commissioner's office.