NYTimes When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in 2013 for a calendar photo shoot, the first cause for concern among the cheerleaders came when Redskins officials collected their passports upon arrival at the resort, depriving them of their official identification. For the photo shoot, at the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo resort on Culebra Bay, some of the cheerleaders said they were required to be topless, though the photographs used for the calendar would not show nudity. Others wore nothing but body paint. Given the resort’s secluded setting, such revealing poses would not have been a concern for the women — except that the Redskins had invited spectators. A contingent of sponsors and FedExField suite holders — all men — were granted up-close access to the photo shoots. One evening, at the end of a 14-hour day that included posing and dance practices, the squad’s director told nine of the 36 cheerleaders that their work was not done. They had a special assignment for the night. Some of the male sponsors had picked them to be personal escorts at a nightclub. “So get back to your room and get ready,” the director told them. Several of them began to cry. “They weren’t putting a gun to our heads, but it was mandatory for us to go,” one of the cheerleaders said. “We weren’t asked, we were told. Other girls were devastated because we knew exactly what she was doing.” Their participation did not involve sex, the cheerleaders said, but they felt as if the arrangement amounted to “pimping us out.” What bothered them was their team director’s demand that they go as sex symbols to please male sponsors, which they did not believe should be a part of their job.
At a photo shoot in Costa Rica in 2013, the Washington Redskins cheerleaders were pressured to take topless photos, and afterwards several cheerleaders were asked to have dinner with wealthy male sponsors. It’s no secret, wealthy old men enjoy the company of beautiful young women, any man on earth would enjoy the company of smoking hot Redskins cheerleaders. It’s clear that someone within the Redskins organization thought that if these wealthy donors were surrounded with beautiful young cheerleaders, and the cheerleaders gave the illusion that just maybe they would sleep with the wealthy old men, then the wealthy old men would donate more money. None of the cheerleaders had sex with the wealthy old men, but they were asked to accompany them throughout the evening, to “escort” them around the resort essentially as arm candy. The wealthy old men would spend up to try to impress the beautiful young cheerleaders, and they probably did, this is unfortunately a pretty common practice from a historical standpoint. It’s called being an escort.
Being used as an escort is not what the Washington Redskins cheerleaders signed up for, and accompanying old rich men around a resort is not part of the job description, so it’s understandable why these cheerleaders are upset. Not only is being forced to act as an escort degrading, but NFL cheerleaders only make about $1,000 per year, they don’t get paid enough to escort old men around a resort.
However, here is my question, and it’s one that nobody has been able to answer for me yet. Who are these sponsors? Who are these wealthy old men that needed escorts and why were they on the trip to Costa Rica with the Washington Redskins cheerleaders? The Washington Redskins are worth $2.8 billion dollars, and owner Dan Snyder is worth $2.3 billion dollars, why didn’t Dan Snyder just pay for his cheerleaders to go on a Costa Rica photo shoot? One free of creepy old men who are lonely and wealthy?
I’ve gone to Costa Rica twice over the last three years, it’s amazing and it’s cheap, a billionaire NFL owner could have easily sent his cheerleading squad to Costa Rica for a photo shoot without sending his creepy old friends along as donors. Someone explain why these old wealthy men were needed on the trip.