On Wednesday The New York Times released a detailed and scathing report alleging the Washington Redskins sent its cheerleading squad to Costa Rica, only to then confiscate their passports and put their safety at risk during a photo shoot. According to five Redskins cheerleaders who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity, the team sent the squad to Costa Rica for its yearly calendar shoot. There the women explained that a photo shoot took place at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, where some of the women were allegedly required to be topless, while others wore nothing but body paint. While many assumed the shoot would be private, they apparently learned upon arrival that several high-level male sponsors were invited to watch. Following the shoot, the women said that nine of their cheerleading teammates were told they had a "special assignment," which was to escort those sponsors to an area nightclub. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing. While the night did not involve sex, the women claimed it was tantamount to "pimping us out. Stephanie Jojokian, the director and choreographer for the Redskins' cheerleaders, denied the claims made by the women in the report. Where is this coming from? I would never put a woman in a situation like that.
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Bill Chappell. Washington's football team is facing allegations from its cheerleaders about the way they were treated on a trip to Costa Rica. Here, the squad warms up before an NFL preseason game in
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When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification. 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.
The report adds to the growing pile of evidence that NFL cheerleaders across the league are forced to work under unfair conditions, and, as suggested by the women who spoke to the Times, often beyond the confines of their jobs on the football field. During a calendar photo shoot trip to Costa Rica, the cheerleaders said, the team invited a group of all-male sponsors and FedExField suite holders to watch the squad members pose topless or in nothing but body paint for their photos. Several of them began to cry. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing. The cheerleaders noted that their escorting duties did not require them to have sex with the men. The team confirmed to the Times that the cheerleaders were paid nothing for the weeklong trip, though their transportation costs, meals and lodging were covered. Teel Jr. One of the cheerleaders who spoke to the Times described a similar pressure to participate in the events on the yacht.