Former Texans cheerleader says she was forced to use duct tape on her body

AP

The alleged mistreatment of cheerleaders by NFL teams continues to generate contentions far more unusual than the notion that they didn’t receive fair pay for the time spent on the job.

Via the Houston Chronicle, Angelina Rosa has joined the pending lawsuits against the Texans, and she specifically claims that the director of the squad placed duct tape on Roas’s body because she was “skinny fat.”

“My skin was being torn because of the movements,” Rosa said at a Friday press conference. “I stand here today to try to make sure no other girl or woman has to endure this same humiliation.”

The Texans previously have called the lawsuits filed by former cheerleaders “frivolous” (that’s the favorite term of anyone who has been sued), and the team is trying to get the cases dismissed in lieu of arbitration. Which means that the Texans likely required the cheerleaders to sign paperwork, on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, to submit any legal claims to arbitration, a far more favorable forum than allowing a jury of neutral citizens to determine whether a team violated employee legal rights.

Through it all, the NFL continues to keep its head low and its mouth shut when it comes to alleged financial and other abuses of team cheerleaders. Somehow, the league has managed to avoid scrutiny, criticism, or accountability for the alleged and/or actual behavior of its teams when it comes to a group of employees who many teams seem to treat as second- or third-class citizens, presumably because the supply of willing participants far exceeds the demand — and because the cheerleaders have yet to unionize, like they probably should.

UPDATE 6/25/18 12:50 p.m. ET: A prior version of this article indicated that the Texans hope to compel arbitration before Commissioner Roger Goodell, a contention that came from the Chronicle article. According to the Texans, the cheerleaders signed a standard arbitration clause that calls for an outside company, not the league office, to handle the arbitration.

44 responses to “Former Texans cheerleader says she was forced to use duct tape on her body

  1. Don’t feel sorry for her. Girl is gorgeous, I’m sure she’s most likely had more given to her for nothing than 75% of other “normal “ women. She’s acting like she’s the first model/cheerleader who has ever been required to tape anything into position. Don’t like it, don’t cheer – use your brain instead of your looks.

  2. It’s past time to do away with Cheerleaders and beauty pageants. The Buffalo Bills did away with theirs a few years ago and replaced them with a drum corp. No drama, no lawsuits just entertainment.

  3. “I stand here today to try to make sure no other girl or woman has to endure this same humiliation.”

    So if the team signed paperwork (or whatever) saying that would ABSOLUTELY not happen to anyone ever again, but you received no money, that would be the end of the lawsuit? Don’t think so.

  4. Was she knocked unconscious while the duct tape was placed on her body? She’s just trying to get a payday.

  5. Amazingly enough, she STILL cashed her paychecks from the Texans and enjoyed all of the attention and exposure that she got from being part of the squad.
    If you don’t like being taped, then QUIT!
    If you accept the paycheck, then you have consented.
    Spare me the “oh they made me tape my fat” crap.

  6. Goodell has reviewed the matter. His decision is to suspend Zeke for the six games vs division opponents this year.

  7. The whole ” professional” cheerleader thing is a joke.
    They are a closest to being a dance squad than cheerleaders.
    Every team continues to follows the outdated and sexist modal that the Cowboys started in the 1970s.
    At what level of competitive sports do cheerleaders wear high heeled go go boots? Only one, the NFL.
    If “professional” cheerleading was legitimate the squads would wear more athletic uniforms including athletic shoes, males would be included in the squads and they would actually do real cheers and routines.
    Kind of like how they do it in High School and College.

  8. Another gold digger jumps in the spotlight, next she’ll marry some successful guy just long enough to ruin his life and take his money.

  9. “nobody forces these ladies to be cheerleaders.’

    Correct but no one should have to accept being abused and humiliated as a job requirement. That applies to all jobs and the teams have collectively treated these ladies like dog fecal matter for years and years.

  10. Pretty amazed at the percentage of sexist and mysogonistic comments. No one signs away their right to be treated like a human being and while this is within that grey area of what should be allowed given the nature of the job, the overall thrust of these lawsuits makes it clear these women were exploited and treated horribly.

    But then again, I shouldn’t expect empathy from a crowd that’s established itself solidly against players being paid their actual worth, is against making changes that can significantly reduce the probability of life changing injuries, and thinks that having a job you people dream you could have means those players are ungrateful anytime they act like people do.

  11. I thought the NFL was bad to force this stuff but than you look at the comments and you can see why they get away with it. Buy hey Kaep is the bad guy around here for standing up to oppression.

  12. This annoys me to no end. If someone did that to me, I’d stop them immediately and walk out. If you have no self respect then you can’t complain. And yes she cashed the checks and stay with her tape. Real issues exist for women and this nonsense hurts real lawsuits and progress. So many do things and then cry the victim. She had the glory of being a cheerleader and wanted it. Until people started to sue. Everyone makes conscious decisions. Then some don’t want any consequences for those decisions. They want to blame others for things they knowingly did. Not how life works and everyone needs to stop letting this happen. Hold people accountable for what they chose to do. If they don’t like the end result then they should have thought about that before they did it.

  13. I can agree the whole perceived body image thing is a slap that is hard for women to live up to but where could a Dallas cheerleader put duct tape that wouldn’t be seen? Not much left to be “fat” that is not already exposed.

  14. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 24, 2018 at 8:58 am
    Not gonna lie, she’s hot…

    ——

    She looks kinda “low rent” to me….

  15. On the one hand, the honest true reason for cheerleading is physical objectification. On the other hand, there are federal and state employment laws that prohibit unsafe, physically harmful and discriminatory workplace conditions. Most important,, the last thing I expected duct tape to be used for was to make a cheerleader hotter.

  16. What people are missing is that being a cheerleader is not a “job”. It’s a hobby, thrill, whatever. You want to barely wear clothes and jump around, bending over, flaunting in front of men and then demand respect. It’s a cheerleader! The way they CHOOSE to act and dress is a choice not the only job they can get. You grow up watching them and want to be one. It’s not like they’ve been all conservative and now are being forced to dress and act like they are and are offended. Are the cheerleaders there really to encourage the team and it’s effective or are they there for the fans to watch? Let’s be honest here. Buffalo loves the change and it’s not sexist in any form or to either gender. It’s for the fans too but effective without being half naked. If they want change why aren’t they looking to do that and not suing for damages of things they knowingly and intentionally participated in?

  17. what the freak is skinny fat? is that some catchall millenial term now out there? good god what the hell has america come to.

  18. Next, a fan will sue because they, and their children, were forced to watch “sexually explicit” material while trying to enjoy a game. Their morality is offended.

  19. But xhamster is such a great site for those upstanding people out there! Not like it’s disrespectful if on it or have a need to use it. Maybe all the trash will sue next bc they were forced to use it because Dell made a computer which allowed them to invite the people over to their house!! LOL

  20. amurdora says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:25 am
    Pretty amazed at the percentage of sexist and mysogonistic comments. No one signs away their right to be treated like a human being and while this is within that grey area of what should be allowed given the nature of the job, the overall thrust of these lawsuits makes it clear these women were exploited and treated horribly.

    —————-

    You’re probably right… I sure hope this poor abused woman can gather the shreds of her remaining dignity and self confidence, to one day again be able to live a normal life. I just pray that she is able to find the courage to once again bear her midriff- whether it be on the sidelines, or a backyard pool party.

  21. I wonder what the other Texans cheerleaders have to say about this? Due to the recent number of lawsuits claiming mistreatment by cheerleaders I would not be surprised if there are’t any NFL cheerleader squads anymore. Maybe then she’ll be happy. Frankly, I don’t think the world would be harmed if there were no more cheerleaders on NFL sidelines. Plenty of teams don’t have them.

  22. If owned an NFL team, I’d disband the cheerleading squad. They serve literally no strategic purpose during games, and their presence in the community could be replaced by something else.

    They’re just not worth the risk.

  23. Women have been abused in the work place at home and on the street, agree. But gold digging never stops and looking and listing to this interview phew. Give us a break lady.

  24. Just trying to make sure we have the story straight: Female that uses her body as an object of desire to earn her job as cheerleader, now very upset that she was treated as an object. Ok, got.

  25. aldavisjr says:
    June 24, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Typical skinny fat chick.

    This made me really laugh 😂 😂

  26. Crazy. The same PFT posters who blame players for trying to obtain fair pay post misogynist comments about women who speak up over stuff like this. It’s almost like you could’ve predicted it.

  27. amurdora says:
    June 24, 2018 at 10:25 am
    Pretty amazed at the percentage of sexist and mysogonistic comments. No one signs away their right to be treated like a human being and while this is within that grey area of what should be allowed given the nature of the job, the overall thrust of these lawsuits makes it clear these women were exploited and treated horribly.

    But then again, I shouldn’t expect empathy from a crowd that’s established itself solidly against players being paid their actual worth, is against making changes that can significantly reduce the probability of life changing injuries, and thinks that having a job you people dream you could have means those players are ungrateful anytime they act like people do.

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    Should strippers be allowed to sue because they have to take their clothes off?

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