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Redskins release statement on accusations by cheerleaders

The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Washington Redskins cheerleaders, known as the First Ladies of Football, are one of the oldest cheer squads in the country.

During the offseason, it is normal for them to attend different events and travel for photo shoots, even visit troops abroad.

But according to a New York times article, during a trip to Costa Rica back in 2013 some of the cheerleaders were required to pose topless at an adult only resort while spectators, invited by the team, watched.

The report also claims that nine women were forced to serve as escorts with no sex involved at a nightclub event for some of the teams male sponsors. The squad was not paid for the trip, with the exception for travel lodging and food expenses.

The Redskins have released a statement saying in part “each Redskins cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment.”

However, the statement does not deny the allegations.

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