WFT cheerleaders are ‘traumatized’ reliving topless photo nightmare

Former cheerleaders of the Washington Football Team involved in the recent email scandal are dealing with emotional trauma over the situation.

“They’re all traumatized,” Melanie Coburn — a four-year Washington cheerleader and the squad’s marketing director for 10 years — told NPR


Former cheerleaders of the WFT were part of the investigation findings by the NFL into the team’s workplace culture, which reportedly included emails containing inappropriate photos of cheerleaders that were secretly distributed by coaches via email.

The emails included inappropriate language and “photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders,” according to the New York Times.

Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden is accused of sharing those photos via email in NFL circles.

Washington Football Team cheerleaders in 2018.
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“It’s just more anxiety-producing evidence that very private, compromising content was circulating not just amongst our team but apparently the entire NFL. So it’s been an emotional 24 hours, to say the least,” Coburn told the website, calling on the NFL to release the full investigation report.


The emails were reported by the New York Times on Monday, and also exposed Raiders Gruden for using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Gruden resigned from his position later that day.