NY Times alleges misconduct between Redskins and cheerleaders

ImageA screen grab from the Redskins’ website which had some images from the cheerleaders’ calendar

The latest tale of a team allegedly taking advantage of a cheerleading squad comes from the New York Times, and it centers on a Costa Rican excursion featuring the Washington cheerleaders.

In a statement on the Redskins website, president Bruce Allen said they were "very concerned" about the allegations and will be looking into them. However, Allen also said team officials have spoken with people who have "very different first-hand accounts that directly contradict numerous details of the May 2 article".

Washington Redskins cheerleaders were forced to pose almost naked in front of male onlookers and serve as "personal escorts" for the team's sponsors during a 2013 trip to Costa Rica, according to a New York Times report published on Wednesday.

Topless photo shoots, an adults-only resort, a gaggle of up-close observers-all men-and a "special" evening assignment after a 14-hour day: to be personal escorts for the men who had handpicked them.

"They weren't placing a gun to our heads, but it surely was obligatory for us to go", one cheerleader, who spoke on situation of anonymity, informed the newspaper. Although the selected women's duties did not involve sex, another told the Times they felt their squad was "pimping us out". "Different women had been devastated as a result of we knew precisely what she was doing". Instead, the show booked two women, former Redskins cheerleaders, who denied the crux of the story.

In a statement to the Times, the team did not address the specific allegations about the trip, but noted that "each Redskin cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment". "I was 19 years old at the time; we had two 18 year olds".

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The Times also detailed an annual boat outing with sponsors.

"I was not forcing anyone to go at all", said Jojokian.

Davis said the image wasn't any more revealing than the Saints' official outfit and that the National Football League players weren't held to the same strict social media rules, which include a ban for cheerleaders to "friend" National Football League players on social media. Two former cheerleaders - one with the New Orleans Saints, and one with the Miami Dolphins - have recently filed discrimination claims against their former teams, one on the grounds of gender discrimination, the other on gender and religious grounds. "It made my stomach sick. I think [NFL Commissioner] Roger Goodell has the power to change this and every single one of the teams, but he is choosing to not do it", Blackwell told the Los Angeles Times. "That's very clear by the lack of response thus far from Goodell to the media, the cheerleaders or to our settlement demand".

A spokeswoman for Today has not yet responded to a request for comment on the cancelation claim.

The cheerleaders felt as if the association was equal to being pimped out, although going to the membership with the lads didn't contain having intercourse with them, the newspaper reported.

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