Source: Black Sports Online
Ravens Cheerleader Says She’s Benched From Super Bowl For Weight Gain
The football players aren’t the only ones who are expected to look their best on the field Sunday.
Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Courtney Lenz told “Access Hollywood” she can’t cheer in the Super Bowl because she’s gained weight.
“I had been consistent and they let me cheer previously and then I gained 1.8 or 1.6 pounds and they said because I had gained weight and they wanted me to be consistent or they wanted me to lose, they benched me for a game and because it was a disciplinary action, that was the reason.”
“During the season, I was 124. That was consistently, they wanted me to get back down to 121, 120, which is what I was at when I was 18, 19, when I started on the team,” she said. “That was the only disciplinary action I had during the year. I got benched because of my weight, and they said that was the reason. Anybody that had disciplinary action taken during the season was automatically disqualified [from the Super Bowl]. However, there are some girls on the team that were also benched for their weight, and are going. So they just aren’t consistent, it isn’t fair. That’s why I brought this to the attention of the fans because what they’re doing is not right.”
The Ravens response to the allegations:
“As set by the NFL, we are permitted to bring 32 cheerleaders to the Super Bowl. Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season. As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL.”
Lenz’s claim is that this isn’t fair. Well, life isn’t fair. She didn’t make the cut and it’s as simple as that. Crying foul only makes her look bad not the Ravens organization.