Indianapolis Colts Malori Wampler: Was Cheerleader Canned for Body Paint Photos?


Indianapolis Colts Malori Wampler Was Fired for Photos Deemed To Risque

If the Colts are trying to run a Disneyland type of environment, they should nix the entirety of the cheer-leading squad.

In a possible case of hypocrisy, the Colts have fired a cheerleader for having risque photos float around the Internet.

A report from reports Malori Wampler is suing the Colts for wrongful termination. She alleges the team dismissed her for risque photos of her in body paint. A fan caught wind and sent the

pictures in.

The photos of Malori Wampler were taken when she worked with Playboy. She did not pose nude, and the photos are described as having her privates covered.

Wampler is suing the team for making a decision that she feels was based on race. Wampler is Indonesian. She states that other white cheerleaders have posed for much sexier pictures without being fired.

If these pictures are indeed as benign as she says they are, she has a case. I have to think there is something else at work here. Perhaps Wampler is not letting on. Maybe the team has a specific beef with her.

But sexy photos that don’t contain nudity should never get a cheerleader fired. These are women that are paid the bare minimum to flaunt their bodies for the masses. The teams releases sexy calendars and photos just to sell the team brand.

If the photos can’t be at the heart of the firing. There is something fishy going on here, and I want to see these sexy photos.

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Ex-Colts cheerleader sues team for wrongful termination

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former cheerleader has sued the team, saying she was wrongly fired over photos she posed in for Playboy.

In district court papers filed this week, Malori Wampler said the team terminated her for violating the squad’s morals clause last November after someone sent the team the photos showing her in body paint.

Wampler said she has attended a party at the Playboy Mansion, helped host Playboy’s golf outings and taken photos for the company’s publications, though she says she never posed nude. The 26-year-old Wampler claims the photos in question were taken before she was hired, were not published, her name wasn’t affiliated with them and she wasn’t compensated.

Wampler’s attorney, Kimberly Jeselskis, said the firing was a surprise.

“Prior to the time she was hired, she was forthcoming to the Colts about her affiliation with Playboy,” Jeselskis said Wednesday. “They said that wasn’t an issue, that wasn’t something they were concerned with, so they hired her to be a cheerleader. She’s had no further affiliation with Playboy since before she started cheering.”

She also said several Colts players have run afoul of the law in recent years and haven’t received the same degree of punishment.

“There are players who, in our opinion, get away with things that are much worse than what she was terminated for, and they aren’t disciplined or removed,” Jeselskis said.

The filing claims the team discriminated against Wampler, who is Indonesian, because of her race. Jeselskis said a white cheerleader who was on the squad last season posed in a provocative photo while she was on the team. She said the white cheerleader wasn’t disciplined and has made the 2011 squad.

Dan Emerson, the Colts’ general counsel, said Wampler doesn’t have a case.

“It’s my belief and the Colts’ contention that her claim or claims have no merit whatsoever, and I just think that it’s a very sad situation that it’s gone as far as it has,” he said.

Jeselskis said Wampler is entitled to get her job back, lost wages and damages.

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