A former NFL cheerleader says she was fired from the league for posting a racy photo to her Instagram account. Bailey Davis, a former New Orleans "Saintsations" cheerleader, is alleging gender discrimination and has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over her release.
Davis posed in a lacy black bodysuit, which she says was a part of a Halloween costume, and posted it to social media. Women on the cheer team are barred from posing in the "nude, semi-nude, or wearing lingerie."
Here's the photo:
According to Davis' complaint, females are held to a different, higher standard than male players by the NFL and the New Orleans Saints. "The complaint notes that the rules for cheerleaders are in addition to the NFL's personal conduct policy, which applies to all NFL personnel -- owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials and league office employees," reports CBS 46.
The complaint specifically takes issue with the cheer guidelines' stated purpose to "protect" the women "from player advances and activity that can be deemed suspicious."
A statement from an attorney for the New Orleans Saints said the team "denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female," maintaining that the Saints' "policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny."
The team apparently warned Davis after she attended a party where an NFL player was in attendance and also accused her of receiving messages from a player via Instagram, says the complaint. But Davis has denied attending the party and said she never responded to the messages she received on social media from the NFL player.
The former cheerleader is barred from suing the Saints due to an arbitration agreement she signed wherein she forfeited that right.