Macur: Snyder Made Team Less Family Friendly

Macur discussed her shocking NYT piece alleging exploitation of cheerleaders

The DA Show
May 03, 2018 - 12:06 pm

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On Wednesday, the New York Times published a jaw-dropping piece highlighting the mistreatment and exploitation of Washington Redskins cheerleaders during a 2013 calendar shoot in Costa Rica. On Thursday, Juliet Macur, the author of the piece, dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the lewd details contained therein.

“The one that really bothered me was the fact that these women were posing basically topless at times, and sponsors were able to get really close to the photoshoots and see the women topless,” Macur said on The DA Show. “That bothered me of course. But the one anecdote that really stuck out was one evening after practice, the team cheerleader director called nine women out by name and said they (had) an assignment.”

That assignment? To party with sponsors at a nightclub later that evening. The girls were apparently hand-picked.

“Some of the women started crying,” Macur said. “They were calling their parents. They said they wanted to go home. They just said that they felt like it was the Redskins pimping them out.”

One must wonder if this was an isolated incident, or if similar demands are made of cheerleaders around the league.

“I don’t think it’s an isolated event for the Redskins,” Macur said. “It happened not just in that year when they went to Costa Rica; it happened in previous years and subsequent years. I think it’s part of the NFL cheerleading program that we don’t see as normal fans who might be at the stadium and the women are signing their calendars. Of course their main function is to dance on the sidelines during the game and be a cheerleader. They also do community outreach with hospitals, doing overseas military tours, but we don’t see what happens when they go on these calendar trips or these other promotions that their teams send them on.”

A few years ago, the Redskins reportedly sent six cheerleaders to a house, where seven men were watching television. Almost immediately the girls were asked which of them were married and which were single.

“That’s not exactly in the contract,” Macur said. “When the Redskins cheerleaders become Redskins cheerleaders, they don’t sign up to be escorts. That should be where people cross the line.”

In hindsight, perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, as Dan Snyder and the Redskins have pushed the boundaries with their cheerleaders for almost two decades. 

“This is just the way Dan Snyder wants to market his team,” Macur said. “I don’t know if it’s just the Washington Redskins. I get the feeling that it’s not. But he wanted it to be more sexy and less family friendly. I guess he certainly succeeded.”