A veteran Ravens cheerleader has been barred from Super Bowl 2013, according to a Jan. 29 ABC News report. On Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Courtney Lenz, 23, will not be there cheering her team to victory.
Why has this Ravens cheerleader been banned from the Super Bowl? Apparently there are 60 members on the squad, but only 32 cheerleaders are permitted at the Super Bowl due to NFL regulations. However, Courtney Lenz has cheered on the squad for five years.
She believes that she may have been cut because she announced her retirement from the squad after the last regular season game. Lenz said,
"They've been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving. I was the only three-plus year veteran that [is] not going. I immediately thought it was a mistake. I wouldn't even have reached out and let fans know if I didn't think it was clearly wrong. I'm just devastated by the whole situation. This was very unexpected… I didn't even think there would be a chance of me not going with being a five-year veteran."
Fans are mad that Courtney Lenz is not being allowed to cheer for the Ravens at the Super Bowl. However, the squad said that the 32 participants were chosen based on "seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season."
Do you think it is unfair that this Ravens cheerleader is banned from Super Bowl 2013? Did you sign the online petition to let her go?