Washington NFL cheerleaders behaved horribly in public

Washington NFL cheerleaders behaved horribly in public

On September 5, 2017, the Washington Redskins football team hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in their season opener. Players on both teams decided to dedicate the game to raising money and awareness for international human trafficking.

Maybe they should have started closer to home. In a bombshell exposé written by Juliet Macur for The New York Times, Washington cheerleaders have gone public with their treatment by team officials — and it’s a story that will make you grind your teeth to enamel dust. In 2013, 36 cheerleaders went on a team trip to Costa Rica to model for a team calendar. Like so much that NFL cheerleaders do, this was an unpaid gig. To their surprise, the cheerleaders say upon landing their passports were confiscated by the team. Then, while preparing to be photographed on a private beach, they were asked to pose topless, even though there would be no topless photos in the calendar. They also discovered they had some unwanted guests: a select group of corporate sponsors—all men—who were on site to stare at the cheerleaders as they posed. It was so uncomfortable that the cheerleaders formed human screens so their colleagues could change without being harassed.

So somehow the story went on. After a 14-hour day, 9 of the 36 cheerleaders were told their day had just begun. Sponsors had chosen them to be their “personal escort” for the evening. Several began to cry. As Macur writes, “Their participation did not involve sex, the cheerleaders said, but they felt as if the event meant ‘pimping us out.'” What bothered them was their team director’s insistence that they walk as sex symbols to please male sponsors that they didn’t think should be part of their job.”

They were sent to a dark, almost empty nightclub in a van. Afterwards, “around two or three in the morning”, when they were finally able to return to their hotel, they were stopped by Costa Rican police who asked for their passports. Their passports had of course been confiscated by the team. The cheerleaders thought the police assumed they were sex workers until they were able to prove otherwise.

Macur has more stories about parties on yachts for team sponsors, secret twerking parties and more. It is seedy and sounds like nothing less than trafficking in these women. Commenting on their cheerleading program, the team would only say, “The Redskins’ cheerleading program is one of the NFL’s premier teams in participation, professionalism and community service. Each Redskin cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment. That work , our cheerleaders perform in our community, visit our troops overseas and support our team on the field is something the Redskins organization and our fans are proud of.”

Yes, they did not respond to these particular claims and instead chose to hide behind “the troops”.

It’s certainly hard to hear this and not think about the case of the wrongful termination lawsuits by cheerleaders Bailey Davis and Kristan Ware, which we covered here at The Nation last week. Davis was fired for posting a photo of herself in a bathing suit on Instagram. The dismissal of Ware was for speaking publicly about her decision not to have sex before marriage. Both of these cases reveal that the people who lead these cheerleading squads treat the women – and their bodies – like commodities.

I spoke with Ware and Davis’ attorney Sara Blackwell about Washington’s football history.

“First of all, I’m so proud of these girls for speaking out and telling the truth,” she said. “I hope it encourages other women to be brave and tell their stories. I have been in contact with many former NFL cheerleaders from many teams, and there is a lot of illegal and nefarious things going on within most NFL cheerleading squads….[NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell needs to do more than give a clear statement to the media that the cheerleaders deserve “a professional environment free from discrimination and harassment.” He has to make sure they get what he says they deserve.”

Blackwell also offered his opinion on a sports commissioner who repeatedly sticks his head in the sand.

She said, “My personal feelings on Goodell at this point is that he has a very low regard for women. He’s not doing anything to address these issues. He’s not speaking out against these horrible practices. He has a history of not doing the right thing for battered women who have suffered at the hands of his money makers. Goodell needs to stand up for the women in his league. He has a duty to the women in his league. We live in the age of the #TimesUp movement and Goodell needs to to step up here or his time in the NFL is over.”

Blackwell also pointed out how easy — and cost-effective — it would be for Goodell to fix what’s wrong with the league. “He can have NFL rules and regulations that apply to teams and cheerleaders that protect the women and make sure the laws are followed. It costs the teams zero dollars. It prevents future lawsuits, so it saves the NFL money. But Goodell has no respect for women and has so far refused to address these serious issues. I challenge sponsors of the NFL to demand change. I challenge fans to refuse to attend games. I challenge football players to take a stand.”

The treatment of cheerleaders in the NFL is a disgrace. There is an easy answer: they can pay them decent wages and cover them with basic labor protections. That the league can’t meet these modest goals says a lot about both Roger Goodell’s leadership and his league. The answer is not to abolish cheerleading, as some have suggested. It is a union for these workers so that they can collectively bargain for what they deserve.

Does the Super Bowl have cheerleaders?

Does the Super Bowl have cheerleaders?

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made Super Bowl history in 2019 as the first big-game cheerleaders, so the Rams will add three more in 2022! With just one game left to play in the 2021-22 National Football League season, there are plenty of big stories on the field. Read also : Philadelphia Eagles Announce 2015 Cheerleading Squad (Photos) – nj.com.

Which Super Bowl didn’t have cheerleaders? George Halas is the owner of the Chicago Bears clubs. In 1983, when George Halas died, his daughter Virginia Halas ended the McCaskey era with the Chicago Honey Bears. Right after the cheerleading team’s contract expired after Super Bowl XX, the cheerleading team quit.

Do cheerleaders perform in the Super Bowl?

Fans lucky enough to score tickets in what is expected to be the most expensive contest in Super Bowl history, with the average single ticket price currently ranging from $4,900 to nearly $9,000, will also enjoy performances from the Ben-Gals and L. To see also : Belle Vex encourages us to be our own cheerleaders on “US”.A. Rams cheerleaders.

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