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Cheerleader says Ravens left her home because she gained weight

Ravens Super Bowl Football

A Baltimore Ravens cheerleader performs a stunt during a send-off rally for the team on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in Baltimore. The NFL football team is leaving for New Orleans to face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)


Deer antler spray isn’t the only bizarre controversy surrounding the Ravens at the Super Bowl: A cheerleader says the team didn’t bring her to the Super Bowl because she gained weight during the season.

Courtney Lenz, who has just concluded her fifth and final year as a Ravens cheerleader, says she was told that her slight weight gain was a problem during the season. Lenz said she believes that’s why the Ravens didn’t choose her to be among the cheerleaders who traveled to New Orleans during the Super Bowl.

I’d been benched earlier in the season for a little bit of a weight gain,” Lenz said on Access Hollywood. “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. . . . They didn’t specifically say that [I was disqualified for weight gain], but when it comes down to it, that’s the only disciplinary action I had during the year. I got benched because of my weight, and they said that was the reason. Anybody that had disciplinary action taken during the season was automatically disqualified. However, there are some girls on the team that were also benched for their weight and are going. They just aren’t consistent and it isn’t fair, and that’s why I brought this to the attention of the fans because what they’re doing isn’t right.”

Fortunately for Bryant McKinnie, overweight players are not kept home from the Super Bowl.