There is a major controversy brewing among the Baltimore Ravens cheerleader squad after a cheerleader claimed she was banned from cheering at the Super Bowl because she gained 1.8 pounds. Hopefully there is another reason the public doesn’t know about, because that is truly sad if true. On radio this morning, Glenn put her picture up and joked that the minor weight gain clearly (note: sarcasm) meant she shouldn't be at the Superbowl. The radio guys spent a lot of time mocking anyone who thought that she wasn't attractive enough to be in the Superbowl.
Check out her photo below:
Thousands have signed an online petition calling for the Ravens to include 23-year-old Courtney Lenz on their Superbowl roster. The petition claims she was benched for a minor weight gain, and now plans to retire at the end of the season.
The petition reads:
Courtney announced she was retiring during the last home game at the end of the season which didn’t go well with the director. She was told she didn’t put in as many appearance hours this season as she did the past 4 yrs while in college. This season she earned her B.S. degree and got a full time job… Bad call. They also stated she struggled with weight on occasion & she had been benched for 2 lb weight gain during a game earlier in the fall, which is a absurd, unhealthy and a complete inaccurate measurement of a woman’s “appearance” and size!
Courtney is beautiful & this organization that is supposedly out there to promote self esteem and healthy body image to millions of young girls and women nationwide has done a big injustice to Courtney & we are outraged! She deserves to be out on the field with her teammates, her family. [Emphasis added]
Lenz admits she found it difficult to juggle her recently-acquired marketing job and her cheerleading duties, putting in fewer hours this year than in the past.
However, she also thinks her seniority and past accomplishments– including an award for doing the most charity events in one season and ranking 57th among the hottest 100 cheerleaders– should counterbalance that.
“I wouldn’t even have reached out and let fans know if I didn’t think it was clearly wrong,” Lenz toldABCNews. “I’m just devastated by the whole situation. …They’ve been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving,”
But ABC News also got a statement from the NFL and, unfortunately, you’re simply not “entitled” to go to the Super Bowl.