The former New Orleans Saints cheerleader who filed a complaint against the organization alleging unfair treatment over her firing said that she does not have the support of her former teammates, according to a report.
Bailey Davis, who worked as a member of the Saintsations for three seasons, told NPR that her teammates “have not been supportive to me.”
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“I’ve been told that I’m putting the team in a negative light, and a lot of the girls have been posting stuff on social media, saying that, you know, the organization is great and offers so many opportunities – which is true, and I mean, I [felt] the same way when I was in the organization.”
Davis filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when she was fired in January, claiming the team has a different set of rules for men, primarily the Saints players, and women.
The team accused Davis of violating a team rule of appearing nude, semi-nude or in lingerie in an Instagram photo of Davis in a one-piece bodysuit she posted to her private account.
She was also accused of being seen at a party with Saints players. She denies being at the party in question.
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Davis told NPR that she can understand why her former teammates might not be supporting her as she continues to speak out about the alleged gender discrimination.
"We’re told so many times, ‘There’s a hundred other girls that would do your job for free,'" she said. “You’re just taught to keep your mouth shut or they’d replace you. So I think when you’re in the organization, you don’t realize that there’s nothing OK about this.”
Read the full NPR report here.