Washington Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, “ told cheerleading director to keep cheerleaders ‘skinny’ or he would kill him, ” bombshell report reveals
- Donald Wells, former cheerleading director of the Washington Redskins, claimed Snyder made the comment at a charity event in 2004
- “You better keep them lean with big tits or I’ll kill you,” Snyder told him.
- The revelation comes as lawyers prepare to sue Snyder and the team based on videos taken from outtakes from the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading calendars
- Two ex-employees identified then-senior vice president Larry Michael (pictured) as the one who told the executives to produce the videos for Snyder
- Both Snyder and Michael deny knowing the existence of the videos
Donald Wells, former Washington Redskins cheerleading director, claimed Daniel Snyder (pictured) made the comment at a charity event in 2004
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is said to have once told the team’s cheerleading director that if he didn’t keep the women “ skinny with big tits, ” he’d kill him “ f ***** g. ”
The shocking revelation comes after the claim that Snyder and other senior players for the team were behind the production of lewd videos made from the outtakes of the cheerleaders’ 2008 and 2010 photo shoots on the swimwear calendar.
The images in the videos showed partial nudity as some cheerleaders’ nipples became visible as they switched positions. Two women had public areas covered only with body paint, ‘de Washington Post reports.
Each video is set to a classic rock hit, including that of Rolling Stones and U2 – two bands Snyder said were his favorites in an interview in 2011.
The revelation comes as lawyers prepare to sue Snyder and the team based on videos taken from outtakes from the 2008 and 2010 cheerleading calendars
Donald Wells (pictured) regrets not doing more to help the women on the team while he was the director
Two ex-employees identified then-senior vice president Larry Michael as the one who commissioned the executives to produce the videos. The employees added that the images were taken for Snyder.
Both Michael and Snyder have denied knowing of the videos.
Last month, lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz informed the team owner of their intention to sue him and the team over the videos and on behalf of the team’s cheerleaders. They represent 12 of the women.
This week, the team agreed to allow an “independent forensic investigation” to secure copies of the videos or other unauthorized cheerleader videos that could be on the computers.
Two ex-employees identified then-senior vice president Larry Michael (pictured) as the one who told the executives to produce the videos for Snyder. Both Snyder and Michael deny knowing the existence of the videos
The NFL has also stepped in to oversee an investigation into the team’s treatment of women after meeting Katz. The Washington Redskins issued a statement and declined to answer questions about the charges.
“Like many companies and organizations, the Washington Football Team is examining its historical practices and behaviors,” the statement said. “We take the criticism of our cheerleading program seriously and we remain committed to overhauling all programs.”
Donald Wells, cheerleading director for the team from 1997 to 2009, regretted not doing more to intervene and protect the women on the team. According to him, the comment Snyder made came during a 2004 charity event where the squad performed, showing him that the owner cared little about the women’s talent.
“You better keep them thin with big tits or I’ll kill you,” Wells said to Snyder.
Former cheerleaders on the team fear the Redskins will cancel the program rather than hold officials to account, similar to what the Buffalo Bills did in 2014.
Wells said he recently told Banks about the meeting.
“I never would have told anyone that if I hadn’t disclosed that the videos were taken of my cheerleaders without their knowledge,” he said. “I was ashamed and shocked when I said something that I might be fired.”
The former cheerleaders are concerned that the program will be closed in an attempt to hold officials to account, which happened to the Buffalo Bills in 2014 after members of the squad claimed they were forced to take a “ shake test ” and fail it. minimum wage.
“ It shouldn’t be that just because we ask for respect, we’re punished and pushed aside, ” said Michelle Moseley, 38, who appears in the 2008 video. ‘There is so much positive about the program.’