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.
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.
Bailey Davis was booted from the Saintsations for putting up an image of herself in a one-piece on Instagram in January - violating a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from appearing nude, semi-nude or in lingerie, the New York Times reported. Cheerleaders also must refrain from using their last names on social media to make it harder for players to find and pursue them. They argue that players are not forbidden from trying to contact or fraternize with cheerleaders and that players' social media accounts are not restricted in the same way.
She also was accused of going to a party with Saints players - another rule she denies violating.
Though the Saintsations website still lists Bailey Davis as a member, the 22-year-old dancer says she was sacked after three seasons with the squad for posting a photo of herself in a one-piece outfit to Instagram.
"NFL players have zero rules over contact with cheerleaders", Davis" attorney, Sara Blackwell, tells USA TODAY Sports. If they do bump into a player in public, the cheerleader must leave, even if the player arrived second.
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National Football League players don't exactly have a reputation for being champions of women's rights. "For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subject to discrimination because of her gender".
As per the rules, the cheerleaders aren't allowed to come in contact with players both online and offline both. It's unclear exactly which picture got Davis in trouble. She not only denied the allegation but also shared that player followed her on social media and then she turned her Instagram private, according to the company norms. "This does not help your case". "At the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum, the Saints will defend the organization's policies and workplace rules". Always had to double check for Instagram posts, we were always checking on each other, you know, 'maybe don't post that.
Well, not if you are a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, before the squad disbanded in the face of a wage lawsuit, said they were told to do jumping jacks in tryouts to see if their flesh jiggled and had to attend a golf tournament for sponsors in which wealthy men paid cash to watch bikini-clad cheerleaders do back flips.
"That, obviously, is gender discrimination and it's a very 1920 way of protecting women". She has started a movement called #leveltheplayingfield - one that treats all members of the team equally.
"We're stifled by these rules", she told "Today".