Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Courtney Lenz won’t be cheering her team on at the Super Bowl. The 23-year-old claims she was benched from the big game over her weight.
“They said that I had quote, unquote a ‘rough’ year,” Courtney told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on Wednesday. “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, they benched me for a game and because it was a disciplinary action, that was the reason.”
Courtney, a five-year veteran, says she’s now retiring from the organization.
Of the 60 women on the team, 32 were chosen to attend the Super Bowl and Courtney is the senior-most member of the 28 women left behind.
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