New documentary exposes dark side of NFL cheerleading



ABC Information’ Janai Norman talks to ex-NFL cheerleader Lacy Thibodeaux a couple of new documentary that explores the darkish facet of NFL cheerleading. ABC Information …

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  1. What an idiot load of crap. Her plus 100 other women settled a class action with the Raiders for $1.25m? DO the math… and the results of that lawsuit are now secret? She sure did some good work there…. not…

  2. As a formal NFL cheerleader, I have to say that I didn't do it to make money. I did it because I loved to dance and perform and there were not many outlets for dancers in New Orleans in the late 80's early 90's. It would have been nice to get paid more, but I'm not bitter about what we did get paid. It was a hobby, not a career. I'm more concerned about the racism that occurs on those dance teams. IJS

  3. I see a lot of comments supporting just getting rid of cheerleaders and focusing on the football. This is more than about women looking pretty, but the undervaluing of women’s athletics in general. Dance, cheerleading, and more traditional sports are quite athletic pursuits that can require a lifetime of training to be done well – it can easily match the level of time commitment to male athletes through high school and even college. The main difference is that there are very few professional opportunities for women athletes to pursue overall. These teams are able to exploit their labor because talented women are encouraged and forced into these limited opportunities. Let’s actually value this labor and not just downgrade it to women’s work. They deserve to be paid and treated well. The larger discussion is that people would prefer to see women as just beautiful and then set up structures to intentionally devalue their labor

  4. When you say your job is getting in the way of your cheerleading, maybe you need to reevaluate what is more important.
    I agree the contract for them sounds criminal, but you have the choice to sign or walk away doing backflips.

  5. If you’re married to one of these women you gotta be a damn fool.
    Here we go again women not taking accountability and or culpability for their actions just blame everybody else.

  6. My daughter was in competition cheerleading for 4 years. It’s a lot different then cheering for a football team. It is intense, loads of work, and cost thousands of dollars! To top it off, the state of Massachusetts doesn’t even recognize competition cheer as a sport, when it is just as intense, if not more dangerous then most sports out there.

  7. Who cares , no one is paying attention to the damn cheerleaders anyway. If they got rid of cheerleaders all together they would complain about that too.

  8. I think it's just a few weeks after I thought it would be able too many times I have a while back from your phone is the best way for you guys doing anything on abc news live on country in my car and you don't want it to be able to get a chance to the gym

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