Alright, class. Stifle your laughter on this one. In an ongoing story that seems to be getting more and more odd, a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader claims she is being discriminated against by the team for her weight. More specifically, a recent weight gain.
Courtney Lenz, a five-year veteran of the Ravens cheerleading squad, told various media outlets that she has been left off of the Super Bowl sideline cheer squad because she gained "1.6 pounds". Lenz made the claim on "Good Morning, America" and ABC News. She also claims that she has been blackballed by the team because she told the cheer coaches that she was quitting after the 2012 season because she received an offer for a career in marketing.
In her interviews, Lenz said:
"They've been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving," Lenz said to ABC News. "I was the only three-plus year veteran that [is] not going. I immediately thought it was a mistake."
"The last straw had to come from to the weight," Lenz said to GMA. "They said I had quote-unquote, a rough year. They had to take disciplinary action, and being that I was benched for my weight."
The Ravens cheerleading squad has 60 total members and only allowed 32 of their young ladies to attend the big game in New Orleans this year. The Ravens are refuting Lenz's claim, citing other "criteria" as the reasons for her not making the final cut. A statement made by the team's spokeswoman said:
"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," Ravens spokeswoman Heather Harness, said in a statement to ABCNews.com.
It's just another bizarre story surrounding the Ravens this week. It's going to be interesting to see if these types of things distract the team from their focus on the big game.