Cheerleader says Ravens left her home because she gained weight


Deer antler spray isn’t the only bizarre controversy surrounding the Ravens at the Super Bowl: A cheerleader says the team didn’t bring her to the Super Bowl because she gained weight during the season.

Courtney Lenz, who has just concluded her fifth and final year as a Ravens cheerleader, says she was told that her slight weight gain was a problem during the season. Lenz said she believes that’s why the Ravens didn’t choose her to be among the cheerleaders who traveled to New Orleans during the Super Bowl.

I’d been benched earlier in the season for a little bit of a weight gain,” Lenz said on Access Hollywood. “We do get weighed every week during the season, and you can’t fluctuate at all. I gained, I think it was 1.8 pounds. . . . They didn’t specifically say that [I was disqualified for weight gain], but when it comes down to it, that’s the only disciplinary action I had during the year. I got benched because of my weight, and they said that was the reason. Anybody that had disciplinary action taken during the season was automatically disqualified. However, there are some girls on the team that were also benched for their weight and are going. They just aren’t consistent and it isn’t fair, and that’s why I brought this to the attention of the fans because what they’re doing isn’t right.”

Fortunately for Bryant McKinnie, overweight players are not kept home from the Super Bowl.

93 responses to “Cheerleader says Ravens left her home because she gained weight

  1. Let me get this straight.

    Your job is to be eye candy. You wear tiny alluring outfits on the sideline and have absolutely no other purpose other than to have guys leer at you during the game. And then you claim discrimination when they decide you’re not attractive enough to serve said purpose?

    This is exactly what is wrong with America today. My advice to her would be to shut her cakehole, and you can interpret that in any way you like.

  2. Sound like she’s self entitled.
    What makes her think that she’s better than any of the 32 the team picked, 28 girls had to be left off the squad and she didn’t make the cut.
    Life’s a female dog, deal with it.

  3. As she says, other cheerleaders gained weight, but went anyway. If only half the team gets to go, just maybe there’s a quarter she can sue for coming up tails—1.8 pounds is an extra push after my morning coffee.

  4. She can watch the game with this Steelers fan, she can eat all the buffalo chicken dip she wants and I wont say a word. My wife might not like it, but the wife put on 35 pounds since I married her…….

  5. Way to only tell one side of the story. This has been all over yahoo. Chick quit the team after the wild card round, then when they made the Super Bowl, showed up again. Ravens have over 60 cheerleaders and can only take 32 so they left her home. Now she wants sympathy. You’re better than this Mike, tell both sides of the story.

  6. The Ravens don’t employ traditional cheerleaders. They utilize acrobatic cheerleaders that are commonly lifted up and held by male cheerleaders, tossed in acrobatic flips and stunt maneuvers. The weight limitations are probably max. standards in order to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in these acrobatic maneuvers.

    Nobody is calling this attractive woman ‘fat’, other than herself. Sorry you feel that way, but if you can’t make weight, it’s for the protection of your cheer ‘teammates’, not your overall appearance.

    My advice: Cheerleaders aren’t the only athletes required to make weight or be penalized if they don’t. Quit the griping and stop embarrassing yourself w/ the self-created negative publicity.

  7. bhink73 says: Feb 2, 2013 11:53 AM

    What happened? Did she get married?


    I must admit. That was damn funny

  8. Hire a good PR firm and make the spin work for you. Large posters of you in a bathing suit and, “Too much for the Ravens,” personal appearances at Hooters, or whatever.

    Think “Farrah Fawcet.”

    Life hands you lemons……

  9. Based on comments some of you folks here have no concept of how petty women can be towards each other. First thought was, your appearance is your job, BUT, if others got dinged for the same thing and are in New Orleans—then she’s got a legit beef.

  10. Her explanation doesn’t make any sense at all.

    She says herself that other women who were benched during the season for their weight are still going.

    So how can that be the reason she’s not?

  11. In a situation where you have to cut down 60+ of your best cheerleaders (mind you those cheerleaders were already cut down from hundreds before the season started) down to 32. The slightest thing will mean the difference. That’s just how it is.

  12. Please refer to the JOB DESCRIPTION and TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT – rules are rules – unless you are elected president of the United States, a congressman, senator, or commissioner of the nfl – then rules are relative!

  13. You get paid money to dance in next to nothing and be eye candy for men. And now you wanna be treated with respect? Good luck.

  14. I think the employment agreement was pretty specific about cheerleaders weighing more than a deuce and a half.

  15. Two points I want to make.

    1. Isn’t it ironic that this story happened and McKinnie is mentioned since being sent home for being overweight is the reason the Ravens have him on the roster in the first place.

    2. I get that they want to keep the other girls safe by having a weight limit as said above but really? 1.8 lbs? It’s not like she was just eating 19 egg sandwiches a day and ballooned up. 1.8 should be able to be overlooked.

  16. I can fluctuate 1.8 lbs from lunch to dinner. Although its a job and if your bod is your job gotta take care of it. Imagine how much weight she is going to gain when she doesnt have to work.

  17. if others got dinged for the same thing and are in New Orleans—then she’s got a legit beef
    Umm… No. If others had the same issue but still went it actually proves her claim is false. There is another reason

  18. Thunder thighs. She got the job originally because she was the proper weight and other girls weren’t. Now she’s yapping?

  19. Man, 1.8 lbs. doesn’t sound like much of a weight gain. On the other side, there must be height/weight requirements. She clearly is an attractive woman. Tough situation.

  20. About a week ago, Lenz put up a Facebook post basically saying she didn’t make the Nawlins cut and she was pissed off. Never once did she mention weight. Ever. Until this interview. Interesting…

    By the way, has it occurred to her that MAYBE the fact that she was cut from a few games this year was her downfall? Makes more sense to keep a consistent group and not part timers. Just saying.

  21. In the immortal words of Dean Wormer fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life young man……ok so she’s not drunk and a girl but 50% is close enough.

  22. If you really like “old school” football, the cheerleaders should be done after college. They serve zero legitimate reason in the NFL. JMO.

  23. Wow you people are terrible.

    I’m guessing none of you idiots are married or have girlfriends, because a 2lb weight fluctuation is NOTHING for a woman.

  24. I think that some of the people responding to this article should take the time to research the facts before making themselves look like fools.

    First, the Ravens kept her around all season, and for 5 seasons for that matter and never had a problem with her performance, weight or appearance. Then, all of a sudden, when she announced that she wasn’t returning for another season, they tell her she can’t attend the Super Bowl.

    Second, the people saying that a cheerleader is nothing more than a glorified Hooters girl evidently knows nothing about cheerleading. It kind of makes sense that the people commenting in this direction have most likely led a life of being shot down by the cheerleaders in their life. So sorry. Now, you want to insult them from your computer. That’s cool.

    Finally, I saw where some geniuses were making comments about her not having anything better to do than look good for the fans. She actually works a full time job at a marketing firm in Baltimore and does this as a side job. That was the reasoning behind her wanting to stop cheering after this year, because the little bit of money she made cheering wasn’t worth giving up all of her free time for.

    Again, the best advice I can give most of you. It is always better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re a fool than to open it and confirm their suspicions.

  25. Seems like they left out that she missed many of the required personal appearances as well as other facts. Just trying to get her 15 minutes of fame.

  26. So Coutrney, you submitted your letter of retirement effective at the end of the last home game.. So why do you think you have the right to go to the Super Bowl since you’re no longer a member of the squad??

  27. Well when you picked one of the absolute shallowest job in a shallow industry, you probably shouldn’t be surprised no one cares and just be happy you’re not a gay man on the 49ers.

  28. Check out her before (when she first joined the Ravens cheerleading squad) and after (now) and you will see they do have reason she is not going.

    She’s a pig, a decent looking pig but still a little chunky.

  29. “As the Ravens’ statement said, it’s about personal conduct and being a good steward of the organization,” he said. “She hasn’t been a good steward. When they tell you that you shouldn’t be out drinking with players on the team because it’s against fraternization policy … well, she [violated that policy]. That part she neglected to mention.”

    She also failed to mention she didn’t put in enough appearance hours. They take the best 32 honey…stop crying

  30. Attended the 1982 Super Bowl in Pontiac, MI. the 49ers vs Bengals. Though just 6-7 hour drive from Cincy, Bengals took no cheerleaders to game. We would call that the “Brown Influence”.

  31. Ok, yeah. I just looked her up on google. Great looking girl, but I know the type- we call them “a whopper away…”

  32. wallio says:
    Feb 2, 2013 11:53 AM
    Way to only tell one side of the story. This has been all over yahoo. Chick quit the team after the wild card round, then when they made the Super Bowl, showed up again. Ravens have over 60 cheerleaders and can only take 32 so they left her home. Now she wants sympathy. You’re better than this Mike, tell both sides of the story.

    No…… He isn’t!

  33. “Lenz said she BELIEVES that’s why the Ravens didn’t choose her to be among the cheerleaders who traveled to New Orleans during the Super Bowl.”

    So she doesn’t know. The fact that others were disciplined for the same thing yet made the cut would imply that this is not, in fact, the reason she’s left out.

    No matter what she believes.

  34. You sign a contract. Contract states maintain a certain weight. You don’t. You void contract. It’s simple.

  35. She’s not fat, she’s “Thick”. In more ways than one. Boweeeep, bo-woooow !
    How long before she’s in Playboy ?

  36. Great looking woman. Gains a few pounds.
    Good message to send the young girls of Baltimore.

  37. None of the fans she’s trying to inform could care any less which cheerleaders are on the trip.

    Is there any way we can get this girl together with the dude accusing Ray Lewis of using snake oil spray? If they’ll both shut up, I’ll pay for a hotel room for them in New Orleans.

  38. Stew48:

    6-7 hours from Cincy to Detroit? No way.

    Well, maybe. Only if you drive 40 mph in reverse all the way up 75 or decide to make a stop in Cleveland to pick up some friends before heading west to the D.

  39. The rest of the story will come out next week. You know, the drinking, the drugs, stalking, and death threats, but that couldn’t be the reason, it’s because she gained 2 pounds.

  40. can’t blame the ravens if she is fat…a cheerleader has a respondsibilty to be, and stay in top shape… excuses

  41. Cheering is not a sport. If it was, there would be a stadium where people paid $45 for a ticket to go in and watch cheerleaders.

    The small amount of money these women get paid to “cheer” is less than what they would make devoting the same amount of time to a WalMart cashier’s job. It’s all about the exposure.

  42. Who are the 20-35 people that hit thumbs down in the majority of these comments, and what are they thinking?

  43. I don’t care about this story, but who are all these people supporting a view on equality about the gay topic and now slamming a girl who may or may not have gained weight? So you’re all supportive on one issue but not another that effects a much larger segment of the population, namely girls and self body image? Hypocrites.

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