When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.
Washington NFL Cheerleaders Say They Were Required To Pose Nude, Act As 'Escorts': Report
NFL cheerleaders reportedly forced to pose topless in front of donors | The Independent
Fiver former cheerleaders for the Washington, DC team have claimed they were repeatedly made to feel uncomfortable during a week-long calendar shoot in Costa Rica in — for which they were paid nothing except travel and food reimbursements. Secluded at an adults-only resort in Culebra Bay, the cheerleaders said they were forced to pose topless during the calendar shoot while team sponsors — all male — looked on. Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a statement that the team was looking into the situation, and treating the allegations seriously. We respect each other and our craft. The team also provided two other cheerleaders for interviews, who both said they had been on the trip and had enjoyed themselves. Other cheerleaders described a second, incident in which they were taken on a yacht owned by a Redskins suite holder and prominent local businessman. William Teel, the owner of the yacht, denied that anything inappropriate had happened, noting that he had five sisters and had paid for the event himself.
Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Topless Photo Shoot and Uneasy Night Out
The report adds to the growing pile of evidence that NFL cheerleaders across the league are forced to work under unfair conditions, and, as suggested by the women who spoke to the Times, often beyond the confines of their jobs on the football field. During a calendar photo shoot trip to Costa Rica, the cheerleaders said, the team invited a group of all-male sponsors and FedExField suite holders to watch the squad members pose topless or in nothing but body paint for their photos. Several of them began to cry. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing. The cheerleaders noted that their escorting duties did not require them to have sex with the men.
As former NFL cheerleaders continue to speak out about mistreatment and misconduct amid ongoing discrimination claims against the league, a troubling account about a trip the Redskins ' cheerleaders took to Costa Rica in emerged on Wednesday. Speaking with The New York Times , five cheerleaders, all of whom weren't named due to confidentiality agreements with the team, accused the Redskins of "pimping us out" by using them as personal escorts for male sponsors after the men were invited to watch a topless and body paint photoshoot. According to the report, the details shared by the five cheerleaders were supported by others who heard about what happened at the time. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint.