This article was first published May 2, When the Washington Redskins took their cheerleading squad to Costa Rica in 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.
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Washington Redskins cheerleaders were required to pose topless for a photo shoot while spectators invited by the team looked on -- just one incident in which the women recounted being uncomfortable with the team's expectations, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Some of the cheerleaders were also required to attend a nightclub event as escorts for some of the team's male sponsors, according to the Times. The cheerleaders said there was no sex involved, but they felt the team was "pimping us out. The incidents occurred on a weeklong trip to Costa Rica, for which the cheerleaders were not paid. The first cause for concern was when Redskins officials collected the cheerleaders' passports upon arrival, the Times reported. I think teams will start paying attention to this only when it's too late. The Times also described an annual, mandatory boat outing with sponsors.
Fiver former cheerleaders for the Washington, DC team have claimed they were repeatedly made to feel uncomfortable during a week-long calendar shoot in Costa Rica in — for which they were paid nothing except travel and food reimbursements. Secluded at an adults-only resort in Culebra Bay, the cheerleaders said they were forced to pose topless during the calendar shoot while team sponsors — all male — looked on. Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a statement that the team was looking into the situation, and treating the allegations seriously. We respect each other and our craft.
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