National Football League cheerleader, fired over Instagram post, files complaint claiming discrimination

Davis case is based on the NFL's equal opportunity stance and she says the regulations she had to follow violates the policy because they only apply to women

A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader reportedly filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming the organization holds cheerleaders and players to separate standards.

According to the report the team accused Davis of violating team policy by appearing nude, semi-nude or in lingerie in an Instagram photo.

But on Sunday, the New York Times published an infuriating report that reveals that some teams exert nearly maniacal control over both the public image and personal lives of cheerleaders - all based on toxic, outdated notions of how both men and women should behave.

Davis' complaint focuses on the rules the Saints impose on cheerleaders - rules the team claims protect cheerleaders from men preying on them.

It was only because of the rules that Davis' Instagram was private in the first place - just one in a lengthy set of commands that also requires cheerleaders to block all players from their social media accounts and avoid restaurants and parties where players are in attendance. National Football League players are not penalized for engaging with the cheerleaders if they pursue that interaction. "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 said.

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The cheerleader was sacked in January just four days after sharing a photo of herself in a one-piece outfit to her private Instagram page.

"If cheerleaders can't contact the players, then the players shouldn't be able to contact the cheerleaders", Sara Blackwell said.

Cheerleaders have to go as far as leave a restaurant if a player is already there or arrives after her.

Davis, 22, says the oppressive rules the squad, known as the Saintsations, must abide by - or risk immediate termination - are not extended to players.

Bailey Davis says she was sacked over an Instagram post that violated the Saints' rules.

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As per the rules, the cheerleaders aren't allowed to come in contact with players both online and offline both.

Another picture of Bailey Davis in a swimming costume.

Bailey Davis is a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints who is now suing the organization for workplace discrimination. Saintsations management told her she had a "dirty face" in the pictures, which invited attention from players, Davis said. "This does not help your case. The organization looks forward to clearing itself of any wrongdoing with regards to its policies and workplace rules". Always had to double check for Instagram posts, we were always checking on each other, you know, 'maybe don't post that.

New Orleans is the latest team whose regulations for cheerleaders have been questioned, The New York Times reported.

"That, obviously, is gender discrimination and it's a very 1920 way of protecting women".

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