Ex-Dolphins cheerleader alleges religious and gender discrimination: ‘They brought up my virginity’

first_img Beau Lund April 13, 2018 /Sports News – National Ex-Dolphins cheerleader alleges religious and gender discrimination: ‘They brought up my virginity’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABCNews.com(MIAMI) — A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader has filed a complaint alleging religious and gender discrimination by the cheerleading team and the National Football League.Kristan Ware, a Dolphins cheerleader for three seasons beginning in 2014, claims she was held to “different standards than the male football players” regarding her outward expression of her Christian faith.Ware said she felt compelled to quit a couple of weeks prior to the end of her contract in spring 2017 and did not try out for the another annual contract because she felt “she was just not accepted on the team if she was a Christian,” according to the complaint filed this week with the Florida State Labor Board.Ware says in the complaint that although she was co-captain of the cheerleading team and a fan favorite she suffered harassment from some representatives of the squad because of her social media postings about her faith andafter it became known that she was a virgin and planned to remain so until marriage.Ware contends problems began after she posted a photo of her April 10, 2016, baptism on her public Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.“I got sat down in an interview with my director and my coaches and they brought up my virginity, which was kind of shocking to me,” Ware told ABC News.Ware said she had not publicized her decision to wait to have sex until marriage but that the topic had come up months earlier, in fall 2015, during a conversation with fellow Dolphins cheerleaders in front of other staff.The Dolphins responded to Ware’s complaint in a statement to ABC News on Friday: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”Ware alleges in her complaint that in her annual tryout-interview in spring 2016, she was told her she was “not allowed to speak about anything related to her virginity to anyone” and that she “needed to develop into a woman.”A few months later, in September 2016, the cheerleading director and coaches told the co-captains, captains and some other cheerleaders that they could change their Instagram accounts to Dolphin Instagram accounts “under certain conditions,” Ware alleges in the complaint, adding that they were told that on their Dolphin Instagram accounts, they were talk about “fashion and fitness and cheerleading.”Ware claims that when she said she wanted to continue “share her faith, post Bible verses and to be a role model for little girls” on Instagram, she was told by one of the coaches that “you cannot be ‘too much, you cannot mention Jesus or anything like that.’”The complaint further alleges that a month after the discussion about Instagram, the cheerleading director became physically aggressive with Ware at a fashion show for the Dolphins.After Ware went to human resources about the alleged mistreatment, the harassment became more pervasive, she says in the complaint.During the course of the 2016-17 season, Ware said she became depressed and anxious because of the treatment by her supervisors and began taking medicationThe breaking point came in April 2017 after Ware was asked by the Dolphins to write a motivational blog post for women trying out for the cheerleading team, and some of her allusions to her faith in the post were removed.“I was told that I wasn’t allowed to mention God and what really broke my heart is seeing how public football players can be about their faith,” Ware told ABC News.“Dolphin football players are allowed to maintain and express their faith in any way,” the complaint alleges. “Several players prayed on the 50-yard line before a game. They profess their faith online, on social media, to fellow players, to the public … with complete freedom.”Ware’s allegations follow a complaint filed last month by another former NFL cheerleader, Bailey Davis, who was with the New Orleans Saints cheering squad.Davis alleges in her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was fired on Jan. 23, 2018, for posting a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a one-piece bodysuit, breaking a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from posting revealing images on social media, a rule which her complaint says does not apply to men.“I obviously want equal rules for the players and cheerleaders, I want to be treated like a professional athlete just like the professional football players are treated like professional football players,” Davis told ABC affiliate WPVI-TV Philadelphia last month.The Saints deny that Davis was discriminated against because she is female.“The New Orleans Saints is an equal opportunity employer, and it denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female,” the NFL organization said in a statement to ABC News. “The Saints will defend these allegations in due course and in the appropriate forum, and the Organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny.”In response to the recent cheerleader complaints, the NFL told ABC News in a statement: “The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices. Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Bookmakers to deliver 325,000-strong petition of support

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 Share BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 Related Articles A petition signed by more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers from across the country will be presented to 10 Downing Street at 11am this morning as the beleaguered betting industry fights back against its portrayal in the media.The petition, collected as part of the recent ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign, calls on the Government to support an industry that employs 43,000 people, serves six million customers and which has been trading on the high street for 55 years.More than 300 betting shops have been forced to shut in the past two years as a result of more regulation and higher taxes.  Customers and staff now fear there could be hundreds more closures if more unnecessary regulation is introduced by the Government.The huge petition will be presented to Number Ten Downing Street by shop staff and industry representatives, ranging from major operators to family-run independent businesses. The instigation of the petition was triggered by the growing scrutiny of regulations around betting, specifically the extension of the Triennial Review into assessing the impact of FOBTs.Vicky Knight, who works for independent bookie JenningsBet and has signed the petition, commented: “The support we’ve had from our customers over the past few weeks for our campaign has been fantastic. They enjoy their local bookie and would be devastated, as would staff, if the Government took draconian action against bookies.“We care about our customers and we are there to help the very small number of customers who get into problems with their gambling.  Bookies cater for millions of people who enjoy over-the-counter betting and gaming machines (FOBTs), if we lose either of these, we are finished. And, without bookies, there will be even more empty shops and fewer reasons for people to come into town.”Malcolm George, Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said: “Britain’s betting shops have been open for business on our high streets and in local communities since before The Beatles.“They have a long record of ensuring customers can bet safely and responsibly and it is vital that the work of staff and the voice of our six million customers are not ignored. We hope politicians and the public will visit their local betting shop to see for themselves what a great community they are and talk to the staff and locals who enjoy their flutter at the bookies.”The petition says: “More than 6 million people use betting shops every year. These shops have been part of our community for over 55 years and need support. Hundreds of betting shops have already been forced to close and many more risk closure. I should be able to spend my money as I choose and I choose to support my local bookie. I urge the government not to undermine that freedom or put thousands of jobs at risk through further regulation or tax hikes.”last_img read more

ASA bans animated Coral Interactive ads for under-18s appeal

first_img ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has reprimanded Coral Interactive, following a complaint that challenged whether the content of three adverts would have a particular appeal to children.Ads in question were seen on February 20 of this year and related to the Rainbow Riches, Fishin’ Frenzy and Lucky Wizard titles, which feature animated images, including that of a leprechaun, pot of gold, fishes in the ocean and a wizard, across the trio.In its response Coral Interactive, a division of the GVC owned Ladbrokes Coral Group, stated that an extensive review of its site had been conducted, checking all on-site game titles and promotional material, to ensure that they were not in breach of any rules within the CAP Code.A plethora of points were raised in defense of each game, which questioned an appeal to under-18s, emphasised certain aspects that were removed to make an appeal to under-18s less likely, and stressed that they didn’t believe specific facet’s resembled certain characters from both fairy tale stories and animated films.In its assessment the ASA upheld the complaint, before stressing: “The CAP Code stated that gambling ads must not be likely to be of particular appeal to children or young persons, especially by reflecting or being associated with youth culture. Gambling ads could not therefore appeal more strongly to under-18s than they did to over-18s.”Evaluating each of three games individually, it was concluded that the aspects of animation constituted an increased appeal to under-18s as opposed to over-18s, with the ASA adding: “Therefore, because we considered ads (a), (b) and (c) featured animated images that were likely to be of particular appeal to under-18s and were marketing gambling products, we concluded that they breached the CAP Code.”As a result of the ruling, the adverts must not appear again in their current form, whilst Coral Interactive has been told to ensure future gambling ads do not have a particular appeal to the under-18 demographic.Furthermore two issues were raised against betting tipster service Isiris Racing Services, challenging the wording used in the national press ad (Racing Post) that appeared on October 12 last year, specifically whether: the claim “the success rate for Isiris members has been phenomenal, with win bets and/or each way-bets introducing a successful return on over 90% of these bets. That is 50 out of 55 bets” was misleading and could be substantiated; and the claim “all our bets are proofed to the Racing Post before racing as evidence that these claims are 100% genuine” was misleading.Responding Isiris provided a spreadsheet which it claims showed the 55 bets stated in the ad, and contained details of stake, price, result and profit and loss figures, for bets across various sports.It was stressed that the bets would match the proofing emails which would be provided by the Racing Post, who provided information relating to the audit of their proofing system.   Upholding both counts as part of its actions, the ASA stated: “the ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Isiris Racing Services not to claim success rates for their bets, or that their bets were proofed to demonstrate their genuineness, unless they held adequate evidence to substantiate such claims”.last_img read more

Chad Johnson signs with Boca Raton FC for 2019 season

first_imgJohnson will wear No. 85, like he did throughout his 11-year NFL career.Johnson, 41, was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2001 draft. He went on to play 10 seasons in Cincinnati, where he still holds the all-time receiving record (751), the all-time receiving yards record (10,783) and the all-time receiving touchdown record (66).​He ended his NFL career after spending the 2011 season in New England, where he went all the way to Super Bowl 46 before the Patriots fell, 21-17, to the Giants. Chad Johnson will be returning to the field. However, it won’t be the gridiron. The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will be playing on the pitch with United Premier Soccer League’s Boca Raton FC. The team announced Tuesday it was signing Johnson to play in the upcoming 2019 season. “Chad is a tremendous athlete,” coach Jim Rooney said, via the team’s website. “He has proven himself in the gridiron and will now prove himself in the soccer pitch. Chad has had some great training and preseason matches with us and we are excited to continue this journey with him.”OFFICIAL: Boca Raton FC has signed @ochocinco for the 2019 season!📰: https://t.co/AHKE8zWQNG#WelcomeChad #BocaNation pic.twitter.com/WAxBXvyL0s— Boca Raton FC (@BocaRatonFC) March 12, 2019Johnson, who had a successful trial with the club, will make his UPSL debut Saturday in the team’s season opener.“I’m really excited to join the team and contribute in any way possible,” Johnson said. “For me, this is more than just an opportunity but a dream come true that I was never able to fulfill during my childhood.”last_img read more