This week Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations against the Miami Dolphins and the NFL, alleging that she was discriminated against because of her religion and gender.
The complaint claims that Ware was held to a different standard than players. Some players kneel in prayer after a big play, and often pray together at the center of the field with opposing players after the game.
Ware contended that she became “a target of discipline, ridicule, harassment and abuse” from the team’s cheerleading director, Dorie Grogan, and other coaches and representatives of the squad only after she posted an off-season photo on social media of herself being baptized before her third season with the team.
Ware said some Dolphins cheerleading coaches mocked her after other cheerleaders learned that she was a virgin, planning to wait for marriage to have sex. At a 2016 rehearsal for a fashion show at which cheerleaders modeled bikinis, Ware claims, she was dressed with angel wings — something Ware believes was a poke at her virginity — and then physically grabbed and verbally harangued by Grogan as she exited the runway.
“The N.F.L. and all N.F.L. member clubs support fair employment practices,” “Everyone who works in the N.F.L., including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.”
In a statement, the Miami Dolphins said: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”
Every day it seems like there’s more issues with NFL cheerleaders. How long before they completely go away? The NFL needs to fix this problem before it snowballs into something much worse.