On Wednesday The New York Times released a detailed and scathing report alleging the Washington Redskins sent its cheerleading squad to Costa Rica, only to then confiscate their passports and put their safety at risk during a photo shoot. According to five Redskins cheerleaders who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity, the team sent the squad to Costa Rica for its yearly calendar shoot. There the women explained that a photo shoot took place at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, where some of the women were allegedly required to be topless, while others wore nothing but body paint.
The cheerleading squad was placed on probation for one year in Sept. The incident in question took place on July 25, and the school began looking into it three days later. At the end of the summer camp event, according to the two cheerleaders, the six first-year team members were apparently told to meet by the football stadium wearing running shoes.
Kick off November by picking up Jenna's exciting new selection for her book club! Two former Washington Redskins cheerleaders defended the team Friday against allegations that women on the squad were forced to pose topless during a photo shoot and hang out with wealthy sponsors during a trip to Costa Rica. I think that being friendly and receptive and welcoming to sponsors is completely different than being an escort.
Others wore nothing but body paint. They had a special assignment for the night. Some of the male sponsors had picked them to be personal escorts at a nightclub," Macur wrote. Several women opted not to return to the squad the next season because of the trip, according to Macur.
A week-long trip to Costa Rica for a calendar shoot may have tested the limits. Some squad members were required to be topless. Others wore only body paint.
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.
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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.
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 Timesfive 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.