Washington Redskins cheerleaders were required to pose topless for a calendar photo shoot in while spectators invited by the club looked on, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The cheerleaders were told that the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. The New York Times also reported that some of the cheerleaders were then required to attend a nightclub event as escorts for some of the team's male sponsors.
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.
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Washington Redskins cheerleaders were allegedly required to pose topless for a calendar photo shoot in front of spectators invited by the team. Some of the cheerleaders were also asked to attend a nightclub event as escorts for some of the franchise's sponsors, according to a report published by the New York Times. The events allegedly unfolded during a week-long trip to Costa Rica in and while there were no reports of sex being involved, the cheerleaders admitted feeling as though the Redskins were "pimping us out.
Washington Redskins cheerleaders in were told to pose topless for a photo shoot and also were required to attend an event as "escorts" for the NFL team's male sponsors, according to a New York Times report. These women dance in glorified bras and underwear on a field for male entertainment. Redskins Cheer 1.
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.
Washington Redskins officials say they are concerned about reports that cheerleaders for the NFL football team were required to be topless during a photo shoot. The allegations are surrounding a trip to Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot at an adults-only resort, and come as other NFL teams are under scrutiny for how they treat cheerleaders. After the shoot, nine of the cheerleaders were singled out to be personal escorts at a nightclub for some of the male sponsors.
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.
Several former Washington Redskins cheerleaders felt a trip to Costa Rica crossed the line beyond their usual responsibilities. According to Juliet Macur of the New York Timesthe women were required to be topless as part of a calendar shoot while male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders were allowed to watch. Several of the cheerleaders were also "picked" to be personal escorts at a nightclub later that night, although sex was not involved and the team denies that participation in that portion of the trip was mandatory.
On Wednesday, the New York Times released a story about the Washington Redskins cheerleadersand it outlined some inappropriate exploits that they were exposed to in One cheerleader spoke about that night, via the Macur storyand offered her take about the negative culture being reinforced in cheerleading programs across the NFL. There are two things that are abundantly clear from this story.