Weird Sports (BLEEP!) 3-27-18

A former NFL cheerleader's photo on her private Instagram account has become the main focus in a discrimination complaint against the New Orleans Saints.

Bailey Davis was fired by the team in January for breaking the team's rules of conduct, which forbid cheerleaders from appearing nude, semi-nude or in lingerie. 

Davis posted the photo of herself in a one-piece outfit, one the team later discovered and told her violated the terms of her employment.  At the time, the team also was looking into reports that she broke another rule by being at a party where Saints players were present. 

Though she denied being at the party and had locked her Instagram account as the team required, Davis was fired after three seasons on the Saints cheerleading squad, the Saintsations.

Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming the Saints violated the NFL's personal conduct policy prohibiting discrimination. 

"NFL players have zero rules over contact with cheerleaders," Davis' attorney, Sara Blackwell, tells USA TODAY Sports. "But the cheerleaders have written rules that they can only say 'hello,' (or) 'good game.' They cannot speak to (players), they cannot be in (the) same room."

On social media, cheerleaders also are required to block players from following them.  The team says its rules are designed to protect cheerleaders from players preying on them.

Here's where it gets weird.  Apparently if a cheerleader is in a restaurant when a player arrives, the cheerleader must leave immediately and is the cheerleader is already at the restaurant and a Saints player shows up, the cheerleader must leave the restaurant in that scenario too.  However, no such prohibitions exist for players. 

According to the Saints’ handbook for cheerleaders, as well as internal emails and text messages reviewed by The New York Times and interviews with Davis, the Saints have an anti-fraternization policy that requires cheerleaders to avoid contact with players, in person or online, even though players are not penalized for pursuing such engagement with cheerleaders. The cheerleaders must block players from following them on social media and cannot post photos of themselves in Saints gear, denying them the chance to market themselves. The players are not required to do any of these things.

The complaint is one of three remedies Davis is seeking, in addition to a demand for arbitration and a hearing with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. 

 “The Saints organization strives to treat all employees fairly, including Ms. Davis,” Leslie A. Lanusse, a lawyer who is representing the Saints, wrote in an email to the New York Times. “At the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum, the Saints will defend the organization’s policies and workplace rules. For now, it is sufficient to say that Ms. Davis was not subjected to discrimination because of her gender.”

Here is the link to the picture from her Instagram account.  Take a look and let us know what you think


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