Fired New Orleans Saints cheerleader, a Sarasota resident, says National Football League discriminates

Hope Soto
March 28, 2018

A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader believes she was sacked over what her attorney described as "antiquated" and "blatantly discriminatory" social media and fraternization policies that are different for female cheerleaders and male players.

Davis didn't think much of posting an Instagram picture of herself in a body suit.

The cheerleader, Bailey Davis, was sacked in January, in part because she posted a picture on her private Instagram account showing her in an outfit similar to a one-piece swimsuit that the team determined was against its policy. The image violated the Saints' rule banning cheerleaders from posing nude, seminude or in lingerie, the Times reports.

The rules are so strict that the Cheerleaders can not give utter a word except greetings.

If a cheerleader is dining at a restaurant and a player walks in, they are expected to leave.

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.

A former National Football League cheerleader who was sacked in part for an Instagram post that was deemed inappropriate is alleging gender discrimination by the New Orleans Saints and the NFL.

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Cheerleaders are also prohibited from making eye contact with players and risk termination if she responds to a player's greeting or advance with anything more than a "hello" or "great game".

Officials say the rules are in place to stop players preying on cheerleaders, even though the onus is on the women to fend off the men and block them from their social media accounts. "For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subjected to discrimination because of her gender". She also said she had been accused of being seen at a party with a player before that - a claim she denied.

Davis now won't be allowed to work her fourth and previous year on the squad, when she would have earned $10.25 an hour, $3 above the minimum wage in Louisiana.

The complaint asserts that while female cheerleaders must heed numerous behavioral guidelines, no such restrictions exist for male players, who often post shirtless photos and are free to like photos of cheerleaders.

She said she hopes her case will help other cheerleaders by forcing the team to treat all its employees equally. As the team cheerleaders are all women, Davis argues that this is a form of discrimination.

But on Sunday, the New York Times published an infuriating report that reveals that some teams exert nearly maniacal control over both the public image and personal lives of cheerleaders - all based on toxic, outdated notions of how both men and women should behave. "I'd expect you to know better". One might venture to argue that official cheerleading uniforms aren't exactly saintly (see what I did there), but I digress. Eventually, she plans on filing a lawsuit against the team. Cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets have also won settlements over poor pay.

Davis said she is still a Saints fan.

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