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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Reveals Disgusting Incident She Had With A Fan

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders performing during a game.

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform before the Dallas Cowboys take on the Oakland Raiders in a Preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Multiple former pro cheerleaders have come forward to paint a picture of a hostile work environment that is accepted as the norm.

In the latest on this story from the New York Times, multiple NFL, NBA and NHL cheerleaders have come forward with stories of how sexual harassment, groping and offensive comments levied by fans are seen as just part of the job.

Professional cheerleaders are expected to interact quite a bit with fans who can be very intoxicated. One former Washington Redskins cheerleader, along with five of her teammates, said that she was made to go to a fan's home to watch a game where men were drinking.

The cheerleaders must also visit the parking lot tailgates where things can really get out of control. One longtime former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader says while walking through the parking lot of AT&T Stadium an Eagles fan shouted to her that he hopes she gets assaulted.

“He looked at me and said, ‘I hope you get raped!’" she said. "That’s the kind of stuff we’d have yelled at us. Even from our fans, once they get drunk, they yell things, and you’re like, ‘Really?’ It’s part of the job. It comes with it. You’re supposed to take it.”

Furthermore, team officials are allegedly aware of the incidents but do little to stop them from happening. According to the article, not only are the women told to be polite with fans, but they are expected to neutralize any situations where a fan crosses the line.

“We were taught, if someone’s getting handsy on you, how to navigate that,” said the former longtime Cowboys cheerleader. “We were told what to say, like, ‘That’s not very nice,’ To be sweet, not rude. Say, ‘Can I ask you to step over here?’ Use body language to help deter the situation. Never be mean. Never. Always courteous. Because if it’s not for the fans, we wouldn’t be here — that’s how we were supposed to think of this.”

A spokesman for the league did issue a statement via the NYT concerning incidents:

“The N.F.L. and all N.F.L. member clubs support fair employment practices. Employees and associates of the N.F.L. have the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment.”

The report comes on the heels of one former Saints cheerleader New Orleans Saints Cheerleader Fired Partially Over This Instagram Photo

">suing the team after she was fired citing gender discrimination.