A new episode in the revived debate over women journalists in the locker room unfolded Sunday when a female television reporter kissed Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister.

Brister, clad only in a towel wrapped around his waist, was answering questions by media members when Shari Warren, a newsside general-assignment reporter from KSLA in Shreveport, La., asked Brister about next week's game.Warren, who went to school with Brister at Northeast Louisiana, then asked him what he wanted for Christmas.

"I just want to keep winning for Christmas. That's all I want. Maybe you for a while. How about that?"

Replied Warren, "You can have me for a while."

About a minute later, in the midst of another reporter's question, Warren told Brister, "Bye."

He replied, "Bye, see ya," whereupon Warren leaned over, kissed him and left.

Apparently startled and having forgotten the question, Brister said, "Ummm . . . ummm," until the question was repeated.

Warren did not return a message left at KSLA. Carl Pendley, the station's weekend co-producer, said Brister and Warren had known each other for years, and it was not the station's norm to thank interview subjects with kisses.