The cast of the Netflix reality show Cheer, which chronicles the nationally ranked Navarro College cheer squad, is back in the headlines for another controversial reason. After cheerleader Jerry Harris was arrested in 2020 for sex offenses involving minors, cheerleading was embroiled in a blackface scandal, when a photo of an alleged initiation rite was posted on social media this month. Now, Cheer star Gabi Butler has been reported by a teammate for lying about the controversy.
After a photo of Gabi Butler in blackface was posted by an anonymous Twitter account, the cheerleader responded with a statement that explained that the photo was taken in 2018, when she and other freshmen on the team were instructed by seniors on the team to dress in black and paint their faces. She also shared images of other teammates in blackface, saying others, “including some who were also people of color” also agreed to the request. However, fellow Cheer co-star La’Darius Marshall denied being complicit in blackface, tweeting:
No, what we won’t do is throw ‘other people of color’ under the bus. The rest of the minority spoke out against it, I personally talked to you and said it wasn’t a good idea. So no, we don’t all feel the same way, I forgave you for that, but don’t just sit here LYING.
La’Darius Marshall, who had left the crowd in Season 2 of the Netflix bingeable series but still appeared on the show, hit back at Gabi Butler’s claims that newcomers, including Marshall, did what they were told without arguing. He said other people of color had also voiced their concerns, and that he even told Butler it wasn’t a good idea. Marshall also said in another tweet that the situation was reported to Navarro and other authorities, and no action was taken. In his words, the blame should be placed on:
Our coaches, our president, the law enforcement officers, the school board and title 9 bc were all notified of such wrong actions and they did NOTHING. It’s who she should have @’td but she chose a cheap shot trying to make it look like something she wasn’t and I simply corrected her
It certainly isn’t the first time the Cheer stars have seen controversy. Former fan favorite Jerry Harris is currently serving a 12-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old during a cheerleading competition and paying a 17-year-old to send him videos and sexually explicit photos via Snapchat. Harris reportedly admitted to other instances of misconduct involving minors, but was only convicted of those two counts due to a plea deal. The situation was addressed in season two of Cheer, with two of Jerry Harris’ accusers speaking out about why they came forward.
It remains to be seen what the blackface situation will mean for Navarro College and Gabi Butler, who People reports signed a WWE contract in November and is set to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
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Andy is still a proud Navarro Cheer alum (he even has the show listed in his IG bio), but for now he’s focusing on his own career. And he’s still taking his cheerleading talents on the road: “Another awesome trip to France!”
When did Gabi Butler go to Navarro?
In 2019, Butler was recruited to Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, a junior college nationally recognized for its cheerleading program. To see also : A new year brings change for Diocese of Wilmington athletics as new coaches and athletic directors prepare to take the reins.
Gabi Butler goes to Navarro? Gabi returned for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons at Navarro before becoming a student and cheerleader at Weber State University in Utah. She will be introduced in Season 2.
Why did Gabi Butler return to Navarro? “So Gabby competed for two years with us and decided to come back for her final year of eligibility at the junior college level, but since the season was canceled she is now coming back for another year because she has that eligibility left.
Is Gabi in Navarro? More recently, she is a member of the Weber State University and Navarro College cheer squads.
Where is cheer Lexi now?
Since leaving Navarro, Lexi has opened an Instagram account dedicated to art and makeup and started her own product line, Hexx by Lexx. See the article : NFHS Network. Lexi is dating Dominic Green, referring to him as her "husband" on her Insta, and is now a model for Rebel Athletics and an ambassador for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty.
Why didn’t Lexi come back? Although she returned in Season 2 following her removal from the team in Season 1 after being caught drinking, she ultimately decided not to return to get another shot at Daytona once the COVID pandemic brought the 2019-20 season to a halt.
Where is Lexi Brumback from? Personal life. Brumback is originally from Houston, Texas. She attended Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, where she was a member of the Monica Aldama-coached cheerleading squad.
Where is the Ladarius fan now? She’s been doing it,” he said. Currently, La’Darius is living in Pensacola, Florida, coaching young cheerleaders with the Cheer Athletics. La’Darius and Monica reportedly made amends, and he supported the show’s second season on social media Cheer seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.