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Harassment Allegations Put WFT Cheerleading on Pause

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The Washington Football Team’s cheerleading program is going on hiatus amid an investigation into sexual harassment allegations within the organization.

WUSA9, a CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., reported the move Monday, with sources telling Darren Haynes that the NFL team’s cheerleading program is on pause and will be rebranded as “part of a larger rebranding effort to make changes in the fan experience for the franchise.”

"The time is right to reimagine our entire gameday experience to reinvent it in a way that reflects our modern identity and aligns with what today's fan seeks,” Washington Football Team president Jason Wright said in a statement. “Coach Rivera has done an incredible job on the field. We will elevate our off-the-field product to match."

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As part of the overhaul, cheerleading director Jamilla Keene was removed from her position, although Haynes reported that her departure isn’t directly related to the NFL’s investigation into the Washington Football Team.

The NFL investigation into the Washington Football Team began last September, stemming from a Washington Post story over the summer that included 15 women saying they were sexually harassed and verbally abused while working for the WFT over the past 15 years.

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