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NFL Cheerleader Fired Over Instagram Post Says There’s A Double Standard | TODAY


MEDIA ACCOUNT.
MORGAN RADFORD IS HERE WITH MORGAN RADFORD IS HERE WITH
THAT. THAT. HEY, MORGAN. HEY, MORGAN.>>THATS THE KEY, GUYS, IT WAS
PRIVATE. THE KEY, GUYS, IT WAS PRIVATE. IN FACT, WEVE ALL BEEN THERE,
POSTING PHOTOS, SELFIES,HERE, POSTING PHOTOS, SELFIES,
VACATION SNAPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. VACATION SNAPS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
CAN YOU BE FIRED FOR IT? CAN YOU BE FIRED FOR IT?
22-YEAR-OLD NFL CHEERLEADER 22-YEAR-OLD NFL CHEERLEADER
BAILEY DAVIS SAYS THATS EXACTLY BAILEY DAVIS SAYS THATS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SHE SAYS THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SHE SAYS THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FIRED HER BECAUSE THEY SAY SHE
VIOLATED THE TEAMS CODE OF SHE VIOLATED THE TEAMS CODE OF
CONDUCT. CONDUCT. NOW, SHES FILING A COMPLAINT, NOW, SHES FILING A COMPLAINT, CLAIMING SHE WAS DISCRIMINATED
AGAINST BECAUSE SHES A WOMAN.D AGAINST BECAUSE SHES A WOMAN.
>>Reporter: IT ALL STARTED WITH>>Reporter: IT ALL STARTED WITH
AN INSTAGRAM POST. AN INSTAGRAM POST.
FORMER NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FORMER NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CHEERLEADER BAILEY DAVIS SHOWING
OFF A LACY ONE-PIECE OUTFIT ONNG OFF A LACY ONE-PIECE OUTFIT ON
INSTAGRAM. INSTAGRAM. DAYS LATER, SHE WAS FIRED. DAYS LATER, SHE WAS FIRED.>>THEY SAW THE PHOTO AND SAID>>THEY SAW THE PHOTO AND SAID IT WAS DISTASTEFUL. IT WAS DISTASTEFUL. I WAS TERMINATED.
>>THE SAINTS ACCUSED HER OF>>THE SAINTS ACCUSED HER OF
BREAKING RULES, APPEARING BREAKING RULES, APPEARING SEMI-NUDE. SEMI-NUDE. AND FOR ATTENDING A PARTY WITH AND FOR ATTENDING A PARTY WITH FOOTBALL PLAYERS. FOOTBALL PLAYERS. SHE DENIES BOTH. SHE DENIES BOTH. THE TEAM FIRED HER ANYWAY.
>>WEVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD,.>>WEVE ALWAYS BEEN TOLD,
YOURE REPLACEABLE, THERES YOURE REPLACEABLE, THERES
HUNDREDS OF GIRLS THAT WOULD DO HUNDREDS OF GIRLS THAT WOULD DO THIS FOR FREE.
THATS KIND OF WHY ANY LITTLE THATS KIND OF WHY ANY LITTLE
THING WE KEPT OUR MOUTH SHUT. THING WE KEPT OUR MOUTH SHUT.
WE WANTED TO BE PROFESSIONAL WE WANTED TO BE PROFESSIONAL CHEERLEADERS. CHEERLEADERS.>>NOW, SHE HAS FILED A>>NOW, SHE HAS FILED A DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT WITH DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT WITH THE EEOC. THE EEOC. CLAIMING THE TEAM HAS ONE SET OF CLAIMING THE TEAM HAS ONE SET OF RULES FOR ITS MALE PLAYERS AND RULES FOR ITS MALE PLAYERS AND AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MORE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MORE STRICT SET OF RULES FOR ITS STRICT SET OF RULES FOR ITS FEMALE CHEERLEADERS. FEMALE CHEERLEADERS. FOR EXAMPLE, CHEERLEADERS MUST
BLOCK ALL PLAYERS FROM FOLLOWING BLOCK ALL PLAYERS FROM FOLLOWING
THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
THEY CAN NEVER INTERACT WITH THEY CAN NEVER INTERACT WITH
PLAYERS IN PERSON OR ONLINE. PLAYERS IN PERSON OR ONLINE.
AND CHEERLEADERS ARE BANNED FROM AND CHEERLEADERS ARE BANNED FROM
EATING AT RESTAURANTS IF A EATING AT RESTAURANTS IF A
PLAYER IS DINING THERE. PLAYER IS DINING THERE.
AND MUST LEAVE EVEN IF A PLAYER AND MUST LEAVE EVEN IF A PLAYER
ARRIVES AFTER SHE DOES. ARRIVES AFTER SHE DOES.
FOR THE PLAYERS, THERE ARE NO FOR THE PLAYERS, THERE ARE NO
SUCH RESTRICTIONS. SUCH RESTRICTIONS.
BUT FOR CHEERLEADERS WHO VIOLATE BUT FOR CHEERLEADERS WHO VIOLATE
THOSE RULES, THEY RISK BEING THOSE RULES, THEY RISK BEING
FIRED. FIRED.>>ITS NOT FAIR THAT WEVE
WORKED OUR WHOLE LIVES TO DO WORKED OUR WHOLE LIVES TO DO
THIS PROFESSIONAL JOB AS WELL AS THIS PROFESSIONAL JOB AS WELL AS
THE PLAYERS HAVE, AND WERE THE PLAYERS HAVE, AND WERE
STIFLED BY THESE RULES. STIFLED BY THESE RULES.
>>IN A STATEMENT TO NBC NEWS>>IN A STATEMENT TO NBC NEWS
THE SAINTS SAY THEIR TEAM DOES THE SAINTS SAY THEIR TEAM DOES
NOT TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION OF NOT TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION OF
ANY KIND, AND IT SPECIFICALLY ANY KIND, AND IT SPECIFICALLY
DENIES THAT MISS DAVIS WAS DENIES THAT MISS DAVIS WAS
TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY ON TREATED ANY DIFFERENTLY ON
ACCOUNT OF HER SEX. ACCOUNT OF HER SEX.
THE NFL HAS DECLINED TO COMMENT, THE NFL HAS DECLINED TO COMMENT,
BUT ITS NOT THE FIRST TIME BUT ITS NOT THE FIRST TIME
THEIR TEAMS HAVE COME UNDER THEIR TEAMS HAVE COME UNDER
FIRE. FIRE. IN AN ONGOING WAGE LAWSUIT, IN AN ONGOING WAGE LAWSUIT, SEVERAL BUFFALO BILLS
CHEERLEADERS HAVE CLAIMED CHEERLEADERS HAVE CLAIMED
MISTREATMENT. MISTREATMENT. ONE REPORT CITES A COPY OF THEIR ONE REPORT CITES A COPY OF THEIR GLAMOUR GUIDELINES WHICH SAY GLAMOUR GUIDELINES WHICH SAY THEIR HAIR MUST BE WORN IN A THEIR HAIR MUST BE WORN IN A GLAMOROUS STYLE. GLAMOROUS STYLE. THEY MUST ALWAYS POSE FOR
PICTURES ENTHUSIASTICALLY. PICTURES ENTHUSIASTICALLY.
THE OAKLAND RAIDERS ALSO FACED A THE OAKLAND RAIDERS ALSO FACED A
CLASS ACTION WAGE LAWSUIT, CLASS ACTION WAGE LAWSUIT,
SETTLED FOR $1.2 MILLION PAID SETTLED FOR $1.2 MILLION PAID
OUT JUST LAST YEAR. OUT JUST LAST YEAR.
AFTER A LEAKED COPY OF THEIR AFTER A LEAKED COPY OF THEIR
2012 HANDBOOK, INCLUDING 2012 HANDBOOK, INCLUDING
DIRECTIVES, MAKE A POINT TO FIND DIRECTIVES, MAKE A POINT TO FIND
OUT IF A PLAYER IS MARRIED. OUT IF A PLAYER IS MARRIED.
IN MOST CASES, HE WONT TELL IN MOST CASES, HE WONT TELL
YOU. YOU. AS FOR DAVIS, SHE SAYS HER AS FOR DAVIS, SHE SAYS HER DREAMS HAVE BEEN SHATTERED. DREAMS HAVE BEEN SHATTERED. SHE DOES HOPE HER EXPERIENCE SHE DOES HOPE HER EXPERIENCE WILL HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING WILL HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. FIELD.>>I DONT THINK THEYLL GIVE ME>>I DONT THINK THEYLL GIVE ME MY JOB BACK.
I DO WANT THE RULES TO BE EQUAL I DO WANT THE RULES TO BE EQUAL
FOR THE OTHER WOMEN. FOR THE OTHER WOMEN.>>YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE QUITE A>>YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF CONTROVERSY. LOT OF CONTROVERSY. CRITICS SAY ITS A DOUBLE
STANDARD.AY ITS A DOUBLE STANDARD. ARGUING THAT, ONE, A LOT OF THE
CHEER LEADING UNIFORMSOT OF THE CHEER LEADING UNIFORMS
THEMSELVES VIOLATE MANY OF THOSE THEMSELVES VIOLATE MANY OF THOSE
TEAMS VERY POLICIES. TEAMS VERY POLICIES.
>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY.>>AND TWO, THAT THE RULES
SUGGEST THE PLAYERS ARELES SUGGEST THE PLAYERS ARE
PREDATORS. PREDATORS. THAT PUTS THE ONUS ON THE WOMEN
FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION. WOMEN FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION.
DAVIS ULTIMATELY HOPES THE CASE DAVIS ULTIMATELY HOPES THE CASE
WILL AT LEAST START A DISCUSSION WILL AT LEAST START A DISCUSSION
FOR TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FOR TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS.>>THAT ARE PRIVATE.
>>ANTIQUATED ARE THESE CRAZY,>>ANTIQUATED ARE THESE CRAZY,
INSANE RULES? INSANE RULES?
>>RIGHT, TALKING ABOUT HOW TO>>RIGHT, TALKING ABOUT HOW TO
WEAR YOUR HAIR, WHAT KIND OF

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