Report: Washington cheerleaders experienced strange Costa Rica trip

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From time to time over the past few years, stories have emerged regarding overworked, underpaid NFL cheerleading squads. From time to time, stories regarding lawsuits arising from cheerleaders who aren’t properly compensated for their total time spent working have included odd and/or disturbing accounts of the things that the managers of the squad will say to the cheerleaders about how to dress, and more.

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.

It happened in 2013, and it begins with the cheerleaders having their passports confiscated once they arrived. It continues with a photo shoot that included topless photos and body paint. Although the photos contained no nudity, male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders had access to the project as it was happening.

It gets better, or as the case may be worse. Per the report, the director of the squad allegedly told nine of the cheerleaders that they would be serving as personal escorts for some of the male sponsors who had made the trip.

“They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,” one of the cheerleaders told the Times. “We weren’t asked, we were told. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing.”

While no sexual favors were involved, some of the cheerleaders believed that the squad was “pimping us out.” The team denies the allegations.

“The Redskins’ cheerleader program is one of the NFL’s premier teams in participation, professionalism, and community service,” the organization said in a statement to the Times. “Each Redskin cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment. The work our cheerleaders do in our community, visiting our troops abroad, and supporting our team on the field is something the Redskins organization and our fans take great pride in.”

“I was not forcing anyone to go at all,” Stephanie Jojokian, the squad’s director and choreographer, said regarding the night club visit. “I’m the mama bear, and I really look out for everybody, not just the cheerleaders. It’s a big family. We respect each other and our craft. It’s such a supportive environment for these ladies.”

Regardless, the allegations have been made by unnamed members of the 36-cheerleader squad. The question now becomes whether the team or the league will look into the situation, and whether anyone will be held accountable for any lines that were crossed.

If lines were crossed, the organization may have some tough questions to answer. As explained by the Times, senior V.P. of operations Lon Rosenberg and president of business operations Dennis Greene attended the visit to the night club that featured nine of the cheerleaders serving as escorts for sponsors.

“The issue was that management seemed to condone all of this,” one of the cheerleaders at the event told the Times.

Whether the league will condone all of this or aggressively investigate it (in the same way the NFL would and does investigate players) remains to be seen.

33 responses to “Report: Washington cheerleaders experienced strange Costa Rica trip

  1. It’s funny how seriously some of these cheerleaders take themselves -like, when they’re out there dancing they think people are really paying attention to their choreography LOL.

    p.s. REDSKINS

  2. Honestly just get rid of cheerleaders. They have no purpose other than to serve as eye candy for perverted old men. I don’t need the zoomed in crotch shots coming out of a commercial break, and it sounds like girls are just being taken advantage of anyway. Don’t want my son thinking that’s how women should can treated, and don’t want my daughter thinking that’s what women are for.

    Calling for the abolishment of cheerleaders at NFL games.

  3. Nobody goes to a game to see the cheerleaders. They are basically window dressing/ eye candy. Good looking mascots if you will. Some teams don’t even have cheerleaders. Should those teams be lambasted for not offering jobs to women? As for the NYT there is a reason why they are failing. At least that’s what some person told me who shall remain nameless.

  4. I am proud that the Cleveland Browns have no cheerleaders and never have. We don’t go to Browns games to watch cheerleaders. We go to games to watch our team play AWFUL football, year after year… after year… after year…

  5. Why even agree to it? It’s not like cheerleading is a occupation for providing for oneself and your family. Unless they were threatened physically or told they’d be abandoned there for non-compliance please don’t tell me that these self-empowered ladies suddenly found themselves manipulated. An individual pressured I get, but nine? Hey, I’ve appreciated the Redskins cheerleaders showing up at some dunghole place while I’ve been deployed. They’ve graciously posed for pics with hundreds if not thousands stinking dudes in not so friendly places but this sounds like B squad got cut after 5 years and want payback.

  6. This shouldn’t be surprising given the team’s ownership. I genuinely feel sorry for Washington fans.

  7. Still free society. Everyone encouraged to whine and play victim. If you don’t like something, quit! Do something else. If you don’t want your head hit, quit! Be an accountant.

  8. As a Redskin fan, I demand that Daniel Snyder resign and sell the team. Because of this issue. definitely only this issue. and nothing else.

  9. They look like the hogs who’ve been there since the 80’s … I mean the owner and the executive branch. Good guys… lol

  10. I dont get what the problem is. No nudity. No sexual favors. Just wining and dining your biggest customers. Whats the stink about?

  11. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Nobody goes to a game to see the cheerleaders. They are basically window dressing/ eye candy. Good looking mascots if you will. Some teams don’t even have cheerleaders. Should those teams be lambasted for not offering jobs to women? As for the NYT there is a reason why they are failing. At least that’s what some person told me who shall remain nameless.

    I think you read the wrong article. The only team be lambasted is the skins.

  12. Cheerleaders & Beauty Contests, just do away with them. Relics of the past that don’t fit in today. You’re just asking for Gloria Allred to show up and file a lawsuit over something.

  13. No excuse for doing topless photos that will never be on the calendar. I’d be interested in knowing how many of these cheerleaders came back to the squad the next year after this happened. That would tell you how upset they were by it. They should be upset, but I wonder.

  14. Danny is losing money. Fans are revolting. Danny is literally removing seats. Knowing people who have worked for this regime, I’m sure there is intense pressure to bring in sponsors to make up for lost revenue from fans boycotting. This is what they have resorted to, pimping out their cheerleaders to please sponsors. Ross Tucker told a great story of how Snyder’s sales hawks tried to pressure him into buying a luxury suite, as an undrafted rookie.

    Snyder has failed at every business venture he has tried except for his first one. And judging by the shrinking stadium, he’s losing (financially) at this one too.

    If even half of this story is true, Snyder has to be forced to sell the team.

  15. Taking their passports away while they’re in another country is basically kidnapping. Doing all that other stuff without informing them ahead of time or allowing them to opt out is being a crappy employer. But that’s the Redskins.

  16. treat people with dignity
    cheerleaders bust their butt’s off
    I enjoy watching them during the breaks, others may not
    The money the teams make, they are minimal cost

  17. And it only took 5 years to break! Have a cop look at a Black man wrong and it is Nation wide 24/7 for a week lol… Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t the news Media that needs the overhaul!

  18. The cheerleaders of any team are beautiful women, they know their job and do it well and I think most guy fans know it and we appreciate it 🙂 and try not to be rude about it.

    This is bad tho and people should be in trouble for this. At the least fired.

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