Ryan Gaydos reports at Fox News:
NFL teams reportedly use "alternate cheerleaders" to mingle with fans in the seats or in luxury boxes while the actual performers are on the field during game days.
The Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens are among the teams who use a separate cheerleading roster to serve as "scantily clad ambassadors" whose jobs are to mingle with male fans, the New York Times reported Thursday.
The Redskins, in particular, have come under fire over the last month for the way team officials have used the cheerleading squad in the past. Several Redskins cheerleaders told the Times in May that they felt they were being used as escorts during a photo shoot in Costa Rica.
Memo to NFL teams: If this report is accurate, you need to clean this up. Just like you need clean up those simple-minded (even if sincere by some) protests during the national anthem.
In both cases the NFL should be slime-free, showing respect for women and for the empowering, liberating, and humane ideals upon which the American body politic and ethos are founded.