The New York times published a bombshell report on Wednesday that alleged serious misconduct by the Washington Redskins.
Citing multiple sources, the paper reported that in 2013, the active roster of the Washington Redskins cheerleaders were taken on a “company trip” to Costa Rica for a calender photoshoot, and had their passports collected by team officials upon arrival, therefore preventing them from identifying themselves, or leaving the country if need be.
From that point, the story becomes deplorable, and the Washington Redskins have one of the worst public relations disasters in the history of the franchise.
“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. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators.
A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots.
This passage, is real, these horrifying events actually took place according to sources, and one of the most powerful sports franchises in the world footed the bill.
This sounds like the girls were kidnapped, they were led to believe that they were jetting off to a beautiful location to shoot a calender that would engender “exposure” for all of them, only to have their passports revoked by the team, and forced into a disgusting photo shoot with a bunch of wealthy baby boomers watching the proceedings.
The scariest aspect of the how the complicit the Redskins appear to be, they staged this as some sort of reward for loyal ticket holders, local millionaires that are close to the boss.
Speaking of the boss, I didn’t see Dan Synder’s name anywhere in the report, I am shocked that he would ever be associated with something like this.
I have spent time with the man, spoken to him, laughed with him.
Yes, he is a complete narcissist, but did I get the sense that he is capable of facilitating an episode like this?
No way, but nothing happens in the Redskins organization without the express approval of the owner, Synder is much more hands on the most NFL chiefs.
If he didn’t know, he is responsible, this all took place on his dime, his watch, he had a responsibility to protect those young women.
NFL cheerleaders in general are continually mistreated by the NFL, for the most part they don’t make any money, their reward is the “exposure” despite the massive expectations levied upon them.
This isn’t the first time I have heard of an NFL team hosting a “company outing” that ended up morphing into an escort service.
Which is what this was, it was quid pro quo, we just don’t know what the Redskins organization was seeking from the men that were promised service, that’s yet another dirty part of this story.
“Come check out cheerleaders, we will have them pose nude for you, and then you can pick out which ones you like for the late night”.
The events feels like a bunch of rich men treating women as objects, women that believed they were present to work, not to be showcased like a silent auction.
This is disgusting behavior from the Redskins administration, I am truly disappointed, and ashamed as a fan of the team.
Those women deserve an apology, a settlement, and an explanation from their employer, the American public can no longer allow the NFL to treat these talented performers like they are less than people.
Enough is enough.