NFL agrees to hear former cheerleaders

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SARASOTA – The National Football League will hear proposals to improve work conditions for its cheerleaders from two women who have accused the league of gender and religious discrimination.

“If you put it in context of like Home Depot, all the men have no rules, but if they try to call you a woman Home Depot employee, you’re fired. I mean no one would accept that. It would be completely not okay,” said Sarah Blackwell.

The NFL has rejected an offer from Davis, who resides in Sarasota, and Ware to settle the claims for 1 dollar each in exchange for a 4 hour meeting with league commissioner Roger Goodell. A Risk they were willing to take.

“That was denied and I was happy about the denial because we didn’t have to sign our rights away. That was very trusting and they could have said yea now you cant sue us, we will sit with you for four hours and do nothing,” said Blackwell.

Blackwell says though the NFL denied the settlement, they did say they would hear her and her clients information and reccommendations….

“If they are just playing us or not giving us a serious opportunity then we still have the rights to bring lawsuits against them,” said Blackwell.

And what’s next for Bailey and what’s next for Kristen Ann?

“I hope that Kristen Ann. I mean if you ever met her she really is a genuine and incredibly anointed by God person and I hope this gets her in front of crowds where people can listen to her,” said Blackwell. “And you know Bailey, she wants to be an entertainer, she wants to be a performer and you know eventually I hope that this moves on for her to be a performer and entertainer, but really our goal with this is to create change.”

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Jessika Ward
Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.

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