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On this episode of Shady, our host, Lexy Lebsack explores the dark side of NFL cheerleading that is often left out of the spotlight. She speaks with former cheerleaders who share their stories of verbal abuse, discrimination, and exploitation all at the hands of the NFL. Watch this shocking episode of Shady to get an honest look into the dark reality of NFL cheer!

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What other topics would you like to see explored on our investigative series Shady? Comment below!

Author — Refinery29

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$100.00 per game?? Wow. When some of the players make millions per game? So wrong.

Author — Thunder Wolf

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This also sounds a lot like the ballet industry. Ballet dancers are not paid as much as they deserve. Can you guys make a video exposing them?

Author — Drithi Panyam

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The NFL rejected an interview. That says ALOT.

Author — Blessed Beloved

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Can you expose the reality of 'kpop training life' ??

Author — Kahairunisa nim

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$3 an hour?!?!?! 😱 that’s just criminal!

Author — Vanessa Morales

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If she wants to wait for marriage she can. Period.

Author — Aitana Sahni

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I feel like cheerleaders are WAY over sexualised

Author — Emu Duckie

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NFL doesn't even care for their football players hence the reason why Rihanna, Cardi B, and Beyonce refuse to perform at their half time show during the superbowl. It takes one person to make a movement, props to her.

Author — ImmFuu

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What's wrong with a cheerleader being a virgin?

Author — Angelysia Adams

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Why does the NFL still exist? It’s leaving the players brain damaged & it’s been exploiting women since the 70’s. At some point it’s up to the viewing public & FANS to demand change

Author — Jayne Davis

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Honestly I feel that football players are paid way too much for what they do.

Not saying that what they do doesn't have value in society but at the end of the day they are running around catching a ball and hitting each other. They don't need to be paid millions for that.

Author — Dorian Crutcher

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“All fair-skinned cheerleaders must have a warm skin tone for every game day”
That’s utterly ridiculous

Author — peacelovechocolate

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this girl painting with acrylics on new carpet is giving me

Author — standing here

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Being a professional cheerleader is still a profession. They train all their lives (like an Olympian) but they are treated with gross disrespect.

Author — Tawny Still

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The NFL is the most corrupt organization I've ever worked with. There are so many behind the scenes things that no one knows about.

Author — Caleb M. F

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As an artist I was horrified by the painting directly on the carpet.


As a human I was horrified by the disrespect these women receive in their profession.

Author — Krystal Pistol

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If cheerleading went back to being a male dominated sport, they’d definitely get more respect. It’s only not taken seriously because it’s mostly female

Author — Angel V

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The players are literally allowed to stalk them, but if the cheerleaders even pick up a phone call, the cheerleaders get in trouble? Dang that is wrong.

Author — It doesn't matter

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The players can get away with murder, abuse, drugs, etc!!!!

Author — Jawbreaker Snack