Weight a minute! Baltimore Ravens cheerleader benched for weight gain

While everyone is hyped up with fanfare about the legacy of Ray Lewis, there's one Ravens fan who isn't so happy.  Veteran Ravens cheerleader Courtney Lenz, 23, said she was not invited to cheer at the Super Bowl XLVII because she weighs 125.4 pounds after weighing 124 for most of the season. Reports from Today News says that the organization wanted her to get down to 120 pounds. Lenz announced she was retiring at Baltimore’s final home game in the regular season. She was not given a particular reason for why she was not included in the group that will cheer at the Super Bowl. 

“(The Ravens) said that I had quote-unquote ‘a rough year,’’’ Lenz told Access Hollywood Wednesday night. “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. I gained, I think it was 1.8 pounds.”

Courtney Lenz, veteran cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens.
Courtney Lenz, veteran cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens.

In response to her benching, her friends have set up a Facebook page to support her and get her to New Orleans. She doesn't have alot of time. In fact, she's got about 72 hours to make magic. 

In fairness to the Ravens' cheerleading squad, this quota/rule isn't new. Lenz is and was fully aware of what is required to cheer on the squad and perhaps could have maintained her weight a little better. She also missed some public appearances and was benched earlier in the fall for her weight gain, opting to get a full-time job and obtain her college degree instead.

“Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season,'' Ravens spokeswoman Heather Harness said in a statement. "As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL.’’

While Lenz' supporters have taken her cause to social media, the rest of the squad is in the Big Easy---living it up. Besides, if they do let her back to cheer for Sunday's game, will she enjoy the experience?

Are the Ravens being fair? Is she being unfairly judged? Does the "weight" standard for a woman an accurate measure of her fitness? What do you think?

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