Former NFL Cheerleader Files Discrimination Complaint

Wednesday, 28 Mar, 2018

Shortly after sharing the Instagram photo that ultimately got her fired, Davis says she received a text from the cheer squad's senior director Ashley Deaton insulting the post and referencing the party.

Davis later posted a photo to her private Instagram account of herself wearing lacy lingerie. All this nonsense is part and parcel of an anti-fraternization policy that the Saints says is created to protect cheerleaders from the advances of players. Team officials said Davis was in violation of the rules that "prohibit cheerleaders from appearing nude, semi nude or in lingerie", as per the New York Times.

It also paints National Football League players as men who lack self-control, the ability to behave properly around women, or the capacity to follow simple rules.

The rules are so strict that the Cheerleaders can not give utter a word except greetings. The cheerleaders must block players from following them on social media and can not post photos of themselves in Saints gear.

A former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints has filed a complaint after the football team gave her the boot over a rule-violating Instagram photo - a move she says proves the Saints are discriminating against women.

"Very poor judgment to post a picture like that especially considering our recent conversations about the rumors going around about u", Saintsations senior director Ashley Deaton texted Davis (pictured below on the right) four days before she was sacked, referencing a rumor that the cheerleader had attended the same party as a player.

"If the cheerleaders can't contact the players, then the players shouldn't be able to contact the cheerleaders", Davis' lawyer Sara Blackwell told The Times. She has now filed a complaint against the Saints franchise through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that helps enforce civil rights laws. A Times investigation showed that cheerleaders must adhere to an anti-fraternization policy that prevents them from socializing with players, including blocking players from their social media accounts.

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Before her termination, rumors swirled Davis attended a party with a group of players.

Instead, she was sacked because it violated their code of conduct. "At the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum, the Saints will defend the organization's policies and workplace rules". Obviously if there's a player who's trying to hurt a cheerleader, we want to protect the cheerleader.

Lawyers for the Saints told the Herald-Tribune Monday the team did not discriminate against Davis because of her gender.

All Saints cheerleaders were then asked to make their accounts private. As the New York Times noted, the Buffalo Bills are in hot water for telling its cheerleaders to do jumping jacks during tryouts to see how toned their bodies were.

Cheerleaders for the Buccaneers, Raiders, Bengals and Jets reached settlements with the teams. The team reportedly claims the rules are in place as a means of protecting the women from "preying" athletes.

Davis said she is still a Saints fan.