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Former Houston Texans Cheerleader: ‘They Body-Shame You To Your Face’ | TODAY


CHEERLEADER MADE COMPENSATION
CLAIMS. CLAIMS.
>>CHEERLEADERS OR FORMER>>CHEERLEADERS OR FORMER CHEERLEADERS ARE NOT GOING TO CHEERLEADERS ARE NOT GOING TO SUFFER IN SILENCE ANYMORE. SUFFER IN SILENCE ANYMORE.>>FOUR OF THE CHEERLEADERS ARE>>FOUR OF THE CHEERLEADERS ARE WITH US.
AINSLEY PARISH, HANNAH TURNBOW, AINSLEY PARISH, HANNAH TURNBOW,
AND ATTORNEY JOINS US, AS WELL. AND ATTORNEY JOINS US, AS WELL. YOU TALK ABOUT A HOSTILE WORK
ENVIRONMENT.UT A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? HOW WERE YOU TREATED? HOW WERE YOU TREATED?>>ITS VERY, VERY>>ITS VERY, VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. UNCOMFORTABLE. ON A DAILY BASIS, THEY ON A DAILY BASIS, THEY BODY-SHAME YOU TO YOUR FACE.
THEY BODY SHAME YOU.UR FACE. THEY BODY SHAME YOU.
THEY ARE EXTREMELY BULLYING THEY ARE EXTREMELY BULLYING
TACTICS. TACTICS. AND THEY INSTILL A FEAR IN YOU
THAT THEY HOLD YOUR ENTIRE YOU THAT THEY HOLD YOUR ENTIRE
SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY IN THEIR SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY IN THEIR
HANDS. HANDS. ANYTHING YOU DO OR SPEAK UP
AGAINST THEM, YOU JUST — YOURE AGAINST THEM, YOU JUST — YOURE
LEARNED AND TAUGHT NOT TO. LEARNED AND TAUGHT NOT TO.
>>BODY-SHAME, WHAT DOES THAT>>BODY-SHAME, WHAT DOES THAT
MEAN? MEAN? WHAT WORDS WOULD THEY USE? WHAT WORDS WOULD THEY USE?>>FAT, SKINNY.
>>SKINNY-FAT..>>SKINNY-FAT.
>>ALL OF THIS, IT SOUNDS LIKE A>>ALL OF THIS, IT SOUNDS LIKE A
LOT. LOT. THE NFL MAKES A TON OF MONEY. THE NFL MAKES A TON OF MONEY. THE PLAYERS MAKE A TON OF MONEY.
BETTING IS NOW GOING TO BEMONEY. BETTING IS NOW GOING TO BE
LEAGUE. LEAGUE. ITS AWASH IN MONEY.
YOU MAKE $7.25 AN HOUR. YOU MAKE $7.25 AN HOUR.
WHY TAKE A JOB THAT PAYS $7.25 WHY TAKE A JOB THAT PAYS $7.25
AN HOUR? AN HOUR?>>I THINK WHEN YOU GO INTO IT,>>I THINK WHEN YOU GO INTO IT, THERES A LOT OF — YOU — I
DONT KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT. DONT KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT.
YOU KNOW ITS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY YOU KNOW ITS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY
TO GET INTO YOUR COMMUNITY. TO GET INTO YOUR COMMUNITY.
THEY MAKE IT SEEM LIKE ITS A THEY MAKE IT SEEM LIKE ITS A
DREAM ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA. DREAM ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA. YOU DONT SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING
AND THINK IT WAS GOING TO BECOME AND THINK IT WAS GOING TO BECOME
WHAT IT WAS. WHAT IT WAS.>>ESPECIALLY FOR YOU.
>>YES.CIALLY FOR YOU.>>YES.
>>YOU DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN THEY>>YOU DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN THEY
WOULD HAVE THE CHEERLEADERS GO WOULD HAVE THE CHEERLEADERS GO
UP IN THE STANDS WITH THE FANS UP IN THE STANDS WITH THE FANS
AND INTERACT. AND INTERACT.
AND AT ONE POINT, A FAN PUT HIS AND AT ONE POINT, A FAN PUT HIS
HAND ON YOU. HAND ON YOU.
WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT HAPPENED?
>>YES.>>YES.
I WAS FILMING FOR JUMBOTRON. I WAS FILMING FOR JUMBOTRON.
WE DO GIVEAWAYS IN THE STANDS. WE DO GIVEAWAYS IN THE STANDS.
WE HAVE A SAFE WORD, TORO. WE HAVE A SAFE WORD, TORO.
AND A FAN WAS RUNNING UP THE AND A FAN WAS RUNNING UP THE
STANDS AT ME AND I WAS SAYING STANDS AT ME AND I WAS SAYING
WHERE IS TORO? WHERE IS TORO?
DOES ANYONE SEE TORO? DOES ANYONE SEE TORO?
AND NO ONE DID ANYTHING. AND NO ONE DID ANYTHING.
BY THE TIME HE GOT TO ME, HE PUT BY THE TIME HE GOT TO ME, HE PUT
HIS HANDS BETWEEN MY COLLAR BONE HIS HANDS BETWEEN MY COLLAR BONE
AND SHOULDER AND PULLED ME DOWN. AND SHOULDER AND PULLED ME DOWN.
I ASKED, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I ASKED, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HE SAID, IM TRYING TO HUG YOU. HE SAID, IM TRYING TO HUG YOU. WE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE NEXT WE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE NEXT PLACE AND DID ANOTHER
APPEARANCE.ID ANOTHER APPEARANCE.>>THE TEXANS DID SAY THEY>>THE TEXANS DID SAY THEY STOPPED HAVING CHEERLEADERS GO STOPPED HAVING CHEERLEADERS GO OUT AND INTO THE STANDS AFTER OUT AND INTO THE STANDS AFTER THE INCIDENT WITH YOU.
WHAT ABOUT THE PAY ISSUE? WHAT ABOUT THE PAY ISSUE?
AS I UNDERSTAND IT FROM YOUR AS I UNDERSTAND IT FROM YOUR
LAWSUIT, ITS NOT JUST THAT THE LAWSUIT, ITS NOT JUST THAT THE
PAY IS LOW, THAT YOU PRESUMABLY PAY IS LOW, THAT YOU PRESUMABLY
KNEW WHEN YOU SIGNED UP FOR IT. KNEW WHEN YOU SIGNED UP FOR IT.
BUT YOU WERENT PAID WHEN YOU BUT YOU WERENT PAID WHEN YOU
WORKED. WORKED. IS THAT WHAT HAPPENED?
>>YEAH.WHAT HAPPENED?>>YEAH. I DIDNT KNOW, NECESSARILY, WHAT I DIDNT KNOW, NECESSARILY, WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS ILLEGAL, AS THEY WERE DOING WAS ILLEGAL, AS FAR AS NOT PAYING US FOR CERTAIN FAR AS NOT PAYING US FOR CERTAIN THINGS. THINGS. THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US BECAUSE WERE YOUNG AND WOMEN,
JUST TO ACCEPT THAT THERESEN, JUST TO ACCEPT THAT THERES
CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO
PAY OUT OF POCKET. PAY OUT OF POCKET.
>>WHEN THEY SEE CHEERLEADERS,>>WHEN THEY SEE CHEERLEADERS,
THEY THINK, THEY HAVE FUN AND THEY THINK, THEY HAVE FUN AND
DANCE. DANCE.
THERES A REAL TRAINING REGIMEN THERES A REAL TRAINING REGIMEN
THAT GOES INTO THIS. THAT GOES INTO THIS.
THIS ISNT, YOU SHOW UP AND PUT THIS ISNT, YOU SHOW UP AND PUT
ON A ROUTINE. ON A ROUTINE.
>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY.
I MEAN, OUTSIDE OF ALL OF THIS, I MEAN, OUTSIDE OF ALL OF THIS,
WE HAVE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN. WE HAVE PROFESSIONAL WOMEN.
WE HAVE SOMETHING SO MUCH MORE WE HAVE SOMETHING SO MUCH MORE
TO OFFER. TO OFFER. THIS TAKES YEARS OF PRACTICING.
IVE BEEN DANCING SINCE I WAS 4. IVE BEEN DANCING SINCE I WAS 4
YEARS OLD. YEARS OLD.
WHEN YOU THINK OF NFL WHEN YOU THINK OF NFL
CHEERLEADING OR ANY CHEERLEADERS CHEERLEADING OR ANY CHEERLEADERS
ALLOWED AS PART OF THE TEAM. ALLOWED AS PART OF THE TEAM.
ITS THE ELITE LEVEL OF DANCING ITS THE ELITE LEVEL OF DANCING
AND CHEERING, EVERYTHING WE AND CHEERING, EVERYTHING WE
WANTED AND TRAPINED FOR FOR OUR WANTED AND TRAPINED FOR FOR OUR
WHOLE LIVES. WHOLE LIVES. THERES A LOT OF TRAINING AND THERES A LOT OF TRAINING AND PREPARATION THAT GOES INTO IT. PREPARATION THAT GOES INTO IT. ONCE YOURE PART OF IT, YOU ONCE YOURE PART OF IT, YOU EXPECT THE GREAT THINGS. EXPECT THE GREAT THINGS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE UNFORTUNATELY, WE WERE DISAPPOINTED THROUGHOUT THAT DISAPPOINTED THROUGHOUT THAT EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE.>>GLORIA, WHAT DO YOU LOOK TO>>GLORIA, WHAT DO YOU LOOK TO GET OUT OF THE LAWSUIT.
IT DOESNT PAID A LOT.T. IT DOESNT PAID A LOT. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT YOURE GETTING
PAID.OU KNOW WHAT YOURE GETTING PAID.>>THEYRE NOT TOLD WHAT THEYRE
GOING TO BE PAID UNTIL THEYREE GOING TO BE PAID UNTIL THEYRE
SELECTED OUT OF THE MORE OF A SELECTED OUT OF THE MORE OF A
THOUSAND THAT TRY OUT AND ABOUT THOUSAND THAT TRY OUT AND ABOUT
TO SIGN THE CONTRACT. TO SIGN THE CONTRACT. BUT THEYRE PAID MINIMUM WAGE,
$7.25 FOR MAXIMUM EFFORT.AGE, $7.25 FOR MAXIMUM EFFORT.
AS YOU POINTED OUT THEYRE NOT AS YOU POINTED OUT THEYRE NOT
PAID FOR QUITE A BIT OF THE WORK PAID FOR QUITE A BIT OF THE WORK
THEY DO. THEY DO. THEYRE NOT PAID FOR MANY OF THE
PRACTICES. PAID FOR MANY OF THE PRACTICES. AND THEYRE NOT REIMBURSED FOR
MANY OF THE EXPENSES.RSED FOR MANY OF THE EXPENSES.
THEYRE BEING CHEATED OUT OF THEYRE BEING CHEATED OUT OF
THAT MINIMUM WAGE OF THAT $7.25. THAT MINIMUM WAGE OF THAT $7.25.
AND THIS SO-CALLED ADJUSTMENT AND THIS SO-CALLED ADJUSTMENT
THAT THE NFL SAID THEYRE THAT THE NFL SAID THEYRE
MAKING, THEY DIDNT GET SECURITY MAKING, THEY DIDNT GET SECURITY
WHEN THEY WENT OUT FOR WHEN THEY WENT OUT FOR
APPEARANCES IN THE COMMUNITY. APPEARANCES IN THE COMMUNITY.
AND THE NFL MAKES A LOT OF MONEY AND THE NFL MAKES A LOT OF MONEY
FROM THIS CHEERLEADER PACKAGE, FROM THIS CHEERLEADER PACKAGE,
SENDING SOME OF THE CHEERLEADERS SENDING SOME OF THE CHEERLEADERS
TO SOME OF THE HIGH-END SUITES. TO SOME OF THE HIGH-END SUITES.
THE FANS PAY FOR THAT. THE FANS PAY FOR THAT.
THEYRE ONLY GETTING $7.25. THEYRE ONLY GETTING $7.25.
THATS UNFAIR. THATS UNFAIR. WERE GOING TO DELIVER A LETTER
TO THE NFL OFFICE TODAY AND ASK TO THE NFL OFFICE TODAY AND ASK
THE COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER THE COMMISSIONER, COMMISSIONER
ROGER GOODELL, TO REALLY MAKE ROGER GOODELL, TO REALLY MAKE
CHANGES IN ALL OF THIS BECAUSE CHANGES IN ALL OF THIS BECAUSE
THIS IS UNFAIR TO THESE YOUNG THIS IS UNFAIR TO THESE YOUNG
WOMEN. WOMEN. THIS IS SEX DISCRIMINATION AND
ITS TIME FOR THERE TO BEON AND ITS TIME FOR THERE TO BE
FAIRNESS AND EQUITY. FAIRNESS AND EQUITY.
>>OUT OF TIME.

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