There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Baltimore Ravens ahead of this Sunday’s Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans.
But, one veteran member of the team is being left out of all of the events. Ravens cheerleader Courtney Lenz, 23, of Baltimore, Md., was not invited to attend the game. Though Lenz is a five-year veteran of the cheer squad, the Ravens did not invite her to cheer at the game.
The seeming snub came after Lenz announced earlier this month her plans to retire, saying that after graduating college and finding a full-time marketing job, it has been difficult to fit cheering into her schedule. Lenz has been cheering for the Ravens since she was a freshman in college at age 18.
Fans have launched an online petition to urge the Ravens to let Lenz cheer at the Super Bowl.
“I wouldn’t even have reached out and let fans know if I didn’t think it was clearly wrong,” Lenz told ABCNews.com.
“They’ve been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving,” Lenz said.
She said she received an email last week with the names of the 32 cheerleaders who would join the team in New Orleans.
“I was the only three-plus year veteran that [is] not going. I immediately thought it was a mistake,” Lenz told ABCNews.
The Ravens say they had to choose a select number of the 60-member squad to cheer at the Super Bowl, and Lenz did not make the cut.