Redskins vow to protect cheerleaders amid mistreatment claims
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Redskins team president, Bruce Allen, released a statement saying the organization will protect their cheerleaders after a New York Times article was published detailing mistreatment.
Some cheerleaders, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Times they were forced to take topless pictures for a calendar photoshoot in Costa Rica in 2013. The cheerleaders say they were also required to escort male sponsors at a nightclub.
The cheerleaders also told the Times that “Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification.”
On Friday Allen said the Redskins organization is very concerned by the allegations and will immediately look into the situation. However, Allen says some details don’t line up.
“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,” said Allen on Thursday.
Allen says that if any employees did act inappropriately, they will face significant repercussions.
As the investigation continues, the organization says it will continue to take all necessary measures to create a safe and respectful work environment.