Fiver former cheerleaders for the Washington, DC team have claimed they were repeatedly made to feel uncomfortable during a week-long calendar shoot in Costa Rica in — for which they were paid nothing except travel and food reimbursements. Secluded at an adults-only resort in Culebra Bay, the cheerleaders said they were forced to pose topless during the calendar shoot while team sponsors — all male — looked on. Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a statement that the team was looking into the situation, and treating the allegations seriously. We respect each other and our craft. The team also provided two other cheerleaders for interviews, who both said they had been on the trip and had enjoyed themselves. Other cheerleaders described a second, incident in which they were taken on a yacht owned by a Redskins suite holder and prominent local businessman. William Teel, the owner of the yacht, denied that anything inappropriate had happened, noting that he had five sisters and had paid for the event himself. Kristan Ware is suing the Miami Dolphins for allegedly discriminating against her based on her virginity and religious beliefs. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
‘Like a Human Barricade’
This is the second report in a year that has tainted and disgraced the US Sports after US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was accused of sexually abusing girls and was sentenced to years in prison. Washington Redskins who stood third in the last season of the league have been accused by their cheerleaders. The team of cheerleaders have accused the organization of making several inappropriate demands of them, according to a very explosive news report from The New York Times. The report centers on one specific trip to Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot where cheerleaders were told to pose nude and were made to entertain sponsors of the team by the senior management of the club. Others wore nothing but body paint.
‘Describe Your Perfect Date’
When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots. They had a special assignment for the night. Some of the male sponsors had picked them to be personal escorts at a nightclub.
The report adds to the growing pile of evidence that NFL cheerleaders across the league are forced to work under unfair conditions, and, as suggested by the women who spoke to the Times, often beyond the confines of their jobs on the football field. During a calendar photo shoot trip to Costa Rica, the cheerleaders said, the team invited a group of all-male sponsors and FedExField suite holders to watch the squad members pose topless or in nothing but body paint for their photos. Several of them began to cry. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing. The cheerleaders noted that their escorting duties did not require them to have sex with the men. The team confirmed to the Times that the cheerleaders were paid nothing for the weeklong trip, though their transportation costs, meals and lodging were covered.