A Ravens cheerleader barred from Super Bowl 2013 due to some minimal weight gain is causing quite a stir. According to a report from Thursday (Jan. 30), Courtney Lenz claims that she has been benched because of her weight.
Speaking in response to the story blowing up, Lenz stated that, "I'd been benched earlier in the season for a little bit of a weight gain. We do get weighed every week during the season, and you can't fluctuate at all. They don't allow fluctuation. I gained, I think it was 1.8 pounds. I had been consistent and they let me cheer [previously] and then I gained 1.8 or 1.6 pounds and they said because I had gained weight and they wanted me to be consistent or they wanted me to lose."
That's a pretty rash decision by the organization on paper, especially if everything that Lenz is saying turns out to be true. Losing out on a chance to go to Super Bowl 2013 simply because she gained fewer than two pounds doesn't seem right at all. After cheering for the Baltimore Ravens for five seasons, this isn't exactly the best way for her to head into retirement.
It's important to point out in this story that there were also 27 other women who are part of the cheer squad that aren't going with the team to the Super Bowl. Just 32 of the 60 women get the opportunity, so it's possible that the organization could view her being left of the squad in a different manner than Lenz is claiming.
As for what her weight was estimated to be during her final weigh-in, Courtney Lenz states that "I think it was 125.4 or 125.6." Having a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader barred from the Super Bowl simply for her weight seems like a big enough deal for the organization to respond to, but as of yet they have not issued a statement about what may or may not have happened here.
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