Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team

Washington replacing cheerleading team with coed dance team
FILE - Washington Football Team cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, file photo. The Washington Football Team will not have cheerleaders for the 2021 season as part of an organizational rebranding. Washington hired Petra Pope, who managed the "Laker Girls" and brings three decades of NBA experience as an adviser to take on the task of reinventing the group.(AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File) (Source: Daniel Kucin Jr.)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington will not have cheerleaders for the first time since the NFL’s longest-running cheerleading team was founded in 1962.

Washington will instead have a coed dance team in 2021 as it continues an organizational rebranding effort.

Former Laker Girl manager Petra Pope was hired as an adviser to use her three decades of NBA experience to revamp the group.

The organization had come under fire for allegations of employees making inappropriate videos from calendar photo shoots.

Members of the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading teams reached a confidential settlement, according to lawyers on each side.

That settlement is unrelated to this decision.

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