REPORT: Former NFL cheerleader alleges religion, gender discrimination in lawsuit

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Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ann Ware filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Dolphins and the NFL with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, alleging in the complaint that she faced discrimination and retaliation because of her religion and gender, and that she was told by two coaches in an annual work review not to discuss her virginity.

Ware, who concluded three seasons as a Dolphins cheerleader in 2017, alleges that the team brought her severe emotional and physical distress in her last year and that NFL players are held to different standards regarding social media and expression of faith. In April of 2016, Ware posted a picture of her baptism on social media and alleges she was questioned about it by team officials before being told to not discuss her decision to abstain from sex before marriage.

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She claimed that Dolphins cheerleading director Dorie Grogan told her of her virginity: “You have taken something that was once upon a time pure and beautiful and you’ve made it dirty.” Ware claims that the team’s choreographer, Brooke Nix, then told her, “it is still beautiful, but you need to stop talking about it.”

The Dolphins said in a statement: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”

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