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 women told the Times they felt they had been "pimped out."
By Tamar Lapin. March 26, pm Updated March 26, pm. A New Orleans Saints cheerleader who was fired for posting a swimsuit picture is accusing the NFL of gender discrimination, according to a new report. Bailey Davis was booted from the Saintsations for putting up an image of herself in a one-piece on Instagram in January — violating a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from appearing nude, semi-nude or in lingerie, the New York Times reported. She also was accused of going to a party with Saints players — another rule she denies violating. If they get to an eatery and a player is dining, they must leave. A lawyer for the Saints, Leslie Lanusse, denied that Davis was the victim of gender discrimination.
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The concept of cheerleading is a pretty amazing one. They are like a cold beer on a Sunday afternoon for NFL football. Similarly, they are like a beer on a Saturday night while watching a UFC event.
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. Teel Jr. One of the cheerleaders who spoke to the Times described a similar pressure to participate in the events on the yacht. One cheerleader a few years later was told what to expect at the annual affair. But we were too scared to complain.