A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader wants a hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after she says she was discriminated against because of her christianity and virginity. Kristan Ware was a cheerleader with the Dolphins organization for three seasons between 2014 and 2016. The New YorK Times reports that Ware left the Dolphins in the Spring of 2017.
The Times report says that Ware has filed her complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations on the basis that her work environment was “hostile.” Ware is contesting that her faith was held to a different standards to those of the Dolphins’ players. The former cheerleader argues that players are lauded for their displays of faith on the field, in the locker room and on social media.
The NFL has not yet commented on Ware’s complaint. The Times goes on to report that Ware came in for especially harsh treatment from cheerleading director Dorie Grogan. In one instance, Ware says during a fashion show, where she was modeling in a bikini, Ware was forced to wear angel wings. She took that as a jab against her virginity and Christianity. Ware also says she was mocked after posting photos on social media of her baptism in 2016. Ware’s attorney said that although she is requesting financial damages, she is not “focusing” on it.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Ware Says She First Discussed Her Virginity During ‘Girl Talk’ on a Trip to London
In an interview with the Washington Post, Ware explained how the organization found out about her virginity. On a trip to London to play the New York Jets, Ware said that the cheerleaders were having “girl talk” among themselves. They were discussing what songs they like to listen to during sex which is when Ware came forward with her virginity. Ware said that she believed in waiting until marriage, basing her idea on her faith. Ware says that from there, she was subjected to unfair treatment from cheerleading director, Dorie Grogan. Ware said Grogan told her, “As far as we are concerned, you have taken something that was once upon a time pure and beautiful and you’ve made it dirty.”
Ware told the Post, “After being exposed, and having my virginity [cast] in a negative way, I felt so vulnerable. It kind of crushed my spirit to change into a bikini after that comment was made. It took a piece of me.” During a photo shoot, Ware said she felt she was being mocked when Grogan told her to play with some fruit “like they were balls.”
2. Prior to Becoming a Cheerleader, Ware Thought of a Career in the Military
In an interview with the Item, Ware said that after she graduated from the Thomas Sumter Academy in Sumter, Texas, she thought about having a career in the Navy or Coast Guard. Though Ware told the website about her career with the Dolphins saying, “I love spreading joy and wanted to get …read more