NYT: Former Saintsation Accuses Saints Of Discrimination

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(FOX 8/WVUE) The New York Times has reported that a former Saintsation has filed a complaint accusing The Saints of discrimination. 

In the report, Bailey Davis, a Hattiesburg, MS native and former Saintsation, claimed she was fired as a cheerleader for breaking rules players are not held accountable to. 

The New York Times article states: 

The complaint, which asserts that the rules in New Orleans reflect outdated views of women, follows a number of gender-related struggles in the N.F.L. over domestic violence and sexual harassment among players and league employees.

According to the article, the Saints’ handbook for cheerleaders, as well as internal emails and text messages reviewed by The New York Times and interviews with Davis, said that the Saints have an anti-fraternization policy that requires cheerleaders to avoid contact with players, in person or online, even though players are not penalized for pursuing such engagement with cheerleaders.

The handbook outlines that cheerleaders are required to block players from following them on social media, and cannot post photos of themselves in their Saints gear.

The report also states that the handbook requires cheerleaders to not dine in the same restaurant as players, or speak to them in any detail.

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According to the handbook, if a cheerleader enters a restaurant where a player is eating, she must leave. The handbook also says if a cheerleader is in a restaurant and a player arrives after her, she still must leave. 

The players are not required to adhere to the same policy, according to the report. 

Davis said in the complaint that she was fired for posting a picture of herself wearing a "one-piece outfit" on Instagram.

She said  in the report that the Saints officials accused her of breaking rules that prohibit cheerleaders from appearing nude, seminude or in lingerie. 

Davis said in the complaint that the restrictions for cheerleaders "go too far," and that the Saints’ enforcement of them was "overly aggressive."

Read The New York Times story here

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