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For the first time in nearly 60 years, the NFL club in Washington will not have just cheerleaders on the sidelines this fall when they take the field.
The team announced on Wednesday that the club’s cheerleaders will be replaced with a coed dance team.
The original cheerleader group was founded in 1962 when the team was known by their nickname the Redskins, which was done away with prior to last season.
The move to dump the cheerleaders is part of the organization’s rebranding effort and not related to a confidential settlement reached with members of the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading teams.
Last month, cheerleaders that were involved in those 2008 and 2010 teams told the AP that “the matter has been resolved.”
There was no word on if or when the settlement was reached and what the amount of that settlement may have been.
The team said on Wednesday they have hired former Laker Girl manager Petra Pope to be an adviser for the unit.
“I’ve been asked to create a more modern entertainment team that is inclusive and diverse,” Pope said in a phone interview with the AP.
“We just want to follow that mode of being more modern and a more modern franchise. Change is difficult, but I do feel that the fans will love what we bring to the table.”
Joey Colby-Begovich, vice president of gameday experience said Monday that Pope will be in charge of forming and naming the new dance team.
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WDT I’m thinking will be their more modern name.
Alternatively, Matt wrote:
“The team said on Wednesday they have hired former Laker Girl manager Petra Pope to be an adviser for the unit.”
How about “The Unit”. Kinda close to “The Squad”…kinda fits in DC.
The Unit or The eunuchs (spelling) 😜 dancing indians?
by the way, sports radio in dc is not even debating the name change. dc has completely gone communist man. glad i got out.
There are male cheerleaders at college football games, but this still made me laugh. “Coed dance team.” 100% chance that someone will complain this team will not be diverse ecoungh.
Yes because males are underrepresented at a football game.
funny too, that football players are forbidden to date cheerleaders, but the left may try to push that envelope soon… and allow some … uh … misguided dating 😏
The Redskins are an example of when you both go woke and metooed.
Its Redskins dude I mean come on man
If I never heard the words “diverse and inclusive” ever again, in my lifetime, it would be heaven.
Uh ok. I can’t even muster a comment this is so lame.
And the Cheerleaders aren’t happy. From a Richmond Times Dispatch article:
“After the news broke that the team would be disbanded, the team wrote an open letter asking for reinstatement and the re-hiring of team director Jamilla Keene, who was not retained.
It read, in part: “While we appreciated the organization’s efforts to reimagine the gameday experience ‘in a way that both honors and modernizes our traditions,’ we are disappointed by how this phase of the rebranding journey was handled – and at our expense.”
This woke movement is such a fraud. A co-ed cheerleading squad. This is so gay the only thing missing is that they`re a bunch of trannys.
Let me guess, they didn’t poll the typical football fan demographic first to make this decision? Nah, you’re gonna sit there and watch it, whether you like it or not, to learn your lesson about what they proclaim is the new reality!