There’s a professional cheerleader that is making moves and it’s not the kind that are found on a football field. According to reports, one Baltimore Ravens cheerleader is making the claim that she has been barred from performing at Super Bowl XLVII because of her weight!
Reports indicate that Courtney Lenz, 23, states that she has been told that she is too hefty to cheer during football’s biggest game on Sunday.
During an “Access Hollywood” interview on Wednesday, Lenz said that her weight has now become an issue and officials will not let her cheer in the game: “They said that I had quote, unquote, a rough year,” Lenz told the media outlet. “I’d been benched earlier in the season for a little bit of a weight gain. We do get weighed every week during the season, and you can’t fluctuate at all. I gained, I think it was 1.8 pounds. I had been consistent and they let me cheer previously and then I gained 1.8 or 1.6 pounds and they said because I had gained weight and they wanted me to be consistent or they wanted me to lose, they benched me for a game and because it was a disciplinary action, that was the reason.”
Lenz who has been a professional cheerleader for the Ravens for five years told “Access Hollywood” that she now weights 124 pounds: “During the season, I was 124. That was consistently, they wanted me to get back down to 121, 120, which is what I was at when I was 18, 19, when I started on the team,” she said. “That was the only disciplinary action I had during the year. I got benched because of my weight, and they said that was the reason. Anybody that had disciplinary action taken during the season was automatically disqualified [from the Super Bowl]. However, there are some girls on the team that were also benched for their weight, and are going. So they just aren’t consistent, it isn’t fair. That’s why I brought this to the attention of the fans because what they’re doing is not right.”
In response to Lenz’ claims the Baltimore Ravens released the following statement: “As set by the NFL, we are permitted to bring 32 cheerleaders to the Super Bowl. Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season. As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL.”
The Baltimore Ravens’ Cheerleaders, according to their official website, have tryouts that will begin soon and their first clinic will be Saturday February 16, 2013.
What should be done in this instance? Sound off and watch Lenz’ interview below!
Cicely C. Mitchell, 100.3 THE BULL/ Houston