If you’ve ever seen a Washington Football Team cheerleader, you may have wondered if she’s topless. Then again, maybe you’ve viewed the photos of the cheerleaders on other sports teams. But did you know that the team’s cheerleaders were also topless? And that they weren’t the only athletes subjected to these scandals. There were even allegations of sexual misconduct. In 2020, Washington Football Team cheerleaders were suspended after a video surfaced online that included topless pictures of women.
Several cheerleaders complained of inappropriate behaviour and filed lawsuits against the WFT. Some alleged that the team’s executives had secretly seen the photos. In the end, these lawsuits were settled out of court. But the NFL’s investigation into the cheerleader photoshoot reopened last summer, and the team was fined US$10 million for their actions. This is just one part of the story; it’s not clear whether the NFL’s findings will be made public.
The first sign of trouble for the Washington Redskins cheerleaders when they traveled to Costa Rica in 2013 for a calendar picture session was when Redskins staff members confiscated their passports upon arrival at the resort, robbing them of their official identification.
Some of the cheerleaders claimed they were ordered to remove their tops for the picture session at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, despite the fact that nudity would not be depicted in the calendar’s images. Some people only had body paint on. Such exposed stances might not have alarmed the women given the resort’s remote location if the Redskins hadn’t welcomed onlookers.
All-male sponsors and FedExField suite owners were given access to the photo shoots up close.
After a 14-hour day of posing and dance rehearsals, the squad’s director once informed nine of the squad’s 36 cheerleaders that their work was not finished. For the evening, they had a unique assignment. They were chosen to serve as the personal escorts at a nightclub by some of the male sponsors.
In a statement released on Monday, the attorneys for the 40 former WFT employees called on the NFL to release the full results of the investigation. While the NFL has yet to release the full results of the investigation, cheerleaders haven’t seen it. But a cheerleader has described herself as an “actual victim” of the situation. She says she had no idea the photos were going through mail servers if she hadn’t heard about the scandal.
The leaked emails that led to the downfall of former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden have prompted the NFL to release the full results of the investigation into the workplace culture of the team. The emails contain inappropriate topless photos of cheerleaders and a wide range of comments, including sexism and racism. The team’s cheerleaders have called for an investigation into the conduct of the coaches and the cheerleaders.
The infamous video shows a Washington NFL cheerleader in a bikini in sand. The cheerleaders were wearing custom bikinis to promote the swimsuit calendar. In a shocking twist, there are photos of bare breasts and nipples on cheerleaders who’ve been topless for over a decade. The video is not intended for public consumption. And it’s not even clear whether Snyder knew about it.
The NFL is also promoting misogyny. Cheerleaders are required to serve as personal escorts for male sponsors. And the NFL officials have repeatedly made lewd comments about cheerleaders. But despite the widespread controversy, the NFL has done little about the problem. And they have even encouraged male sponsors to ogle the cheerleaders in a photo session. So what are they doing to correct this behavior?
Some cheerleaders are upset about the sexy arrangements made by the team director. They feel like prostitutes. Despite the high level of public opinion, the cheerleaders’ managers continue to use these tactics to gain sympathy. And while these tactics may have worked for the Redskins in the past, these cheerleaders have been hurt by the negative treatment they received. In some cases, the cheerleaders have even been forced to pose as sexy icons.
The WFT’s cheerleader photos have been a hot topic since Scourby’s sexual assault allegation. In 2010, she was a cheerleader for four years. In 2008, she was appointed captain of the team. Today, she maintains a connection to the team as a sideline assistant and a volunteer coach. This scandal has repercussions. If the photos are authentic, why are they being slandered by some people?
A former Redskins cheerleader spoke of the controversy that has plagued her career. While she still remains an ardent supporter of the team, she was troubled that the cheerleaders’ safety wasn’t being taken seriously. Her contract didn’t mention that they had to perform at youth camps and community events. Yet she said she was “deeply troubled” when considering the fact that her former teammates were not fully supporting her. She explained that the Redskins’ contract included no provision for entertaining wealthy men who support the team.