Was a Ravens Cheerleader Not Allowed to Go to the Super Bowl for Gaining 1.6 Pounds?
Controversy has been surrounding the Ravens all week. Ray Lewis and his deer antler spray. Ed Reed wanting to play for the Patriots. Now a cheerleader claiming she was not allowed to go to the Super Bowl for gaining 1.6 pounds.
Courtney Lenz, 23, was on the Ravens' cheer team for five years. She finished school and got a full-time marketing job recently, and said she was retiring after the season. She was on Good Morning America this morning claiming she got kicked off the Super Bowl cheer leading squad for gaining weight.
Heres the problem her story keeps changing.First she said the team was upset she had chosen to retire at the end of the season. The story she told GMA on Thursday morning was that she thinks the decision to leave her home from the Super Bowl stems from a weigh-in that showed she had gained 1.6 pounds.
"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."
Then on "Good Morning America," Lenz said during the season she was disciplined for weight gain. She said she was forced to see a nutritionist and a counselor with the cost coming out of her pocket.
"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."
"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.
I do not know why she was not allowed to go to the Super Bowl, but it is a little fishy she is the only veteran cheerleader not going. Go 49ers!