Report: Redskins cheerleaders served as escorts on trip
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - A report from the New York Times says that cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins were required to serve as escorts for male sponsors during a 2013 trip to Costa Rica.
According to the report, the cheerleaders said they were forced into a topless photo shoot for a calendar, and that the sponsors got to watch.
The cheerleaders also said they were encouraged to drink and flirt with the sponsors.
"It's just not right to send cheerleaders out with strange men when some of the girls clearly don't want to go," one cheerleader told the New York Times.
Stephanie Jojokian, the longtime director and choreographer for the Redskins' cheerleaders, told the Times that no one was forced to go.
"I'm the mama bear, and I really look out for everybody, not just the cheerleaders. It's a big family," she said.
Redskins President Bruce Allen released this statement on Thursday:
The Redskins organization is very concerned by the allegations involving our cheerleaders in the recent New York Times article. We are immediately looking into this situation and want to express how serious we take these allegations. Based on the dialogue we’ve had with a number of current and former cheerleaders over the past 48 hours, we’ve heard very different first-hand accounts that directly contradict many of the details of the May 2 article. I can promise that once we have completed looking into this matter, if it is revealed that any of our employees acted inappropriately, those employees will face significant repercussions.
Our entire organization has great appreciation and respect for our cheerleaders. From the work they do in the local community, to visiting our troops abroad, and for always representing the Redskins organization in a first-class manner, these women are exemplary members of our organization and are worthy of our utmost respect. We are proud of these women and support them during this time. We will continue to take all necessary measures to create a safe and respectful work environment.
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