ASU cheerleading team axed over raunchy photo

[Warning: All of the links below are at least marginally SFW, in that they contain no actual nudity. However, some contain scantily clad women, suggestive material, etc., so depending on your situation and location, you may want to steer clear.]

The Arizona State cheerleading squad survived the uniformed ex-cheerleader in a porn movie scandal, but apparently the specter of six current cheerleaders in their underwear, baring their not-quite-naked bodies on the Internets for all to see, was too much for the university to handle:

[T]he cheerleading squad that performed at Arizona State football and basketball games has been eliminated. Arizona State will instead have “spirit squads” that will be led by the band director.

Why the change? It’s not entirely clear, but the Fox TV affiliate in Phoenix suggests that it’s because TheDirty.com posted photos of Arizona State cheerleaders in their underwear.

More on this story — including the photo — after the jump.


TheDirty.com, if you didn’t know, is a gossip blog that has recently become kind of a big deal, particularly in the sports world, due to its penchant for publishing compromising photos of athletes, including Alex Smith, Matt Leinart, Terrell Owens, Dan Majerle, and Matt Leinart again.

Anyway, The Big Lead has more on the cheerleader story, as does Fox News. Meanwhile, over at The Dirty, the post that started it all confirms that the underwear photo was indeed the ASU cheerleading squad’s downfall. It quotes, supposedly, an e-mail from ASU’s Vice President of University Athletics, stating in part:

NO cheer squad next year at ANY football, basketball or other sporting event games. The only form of “cheer squad” that will remain is the megaphones and signs. Which will not be called the cheerleaders, but instead “Sparky’s Crew.”

The stated reason for this change, according to The Dirty’s paraphrasing of the alleged ASU e-mail? “[R]ecent events of inappropriate behavior by the Cheer Squad (link to this post was enclosed in email).”

(That said, Fox News reports that “the cheerleaders [say] the photographs were a result of college kids goofing off, and they believe the decision to disband the team has been in the works for a while.” Also, Fox says the photo is two years old.)

According to the aforelinked post about Courtney Cox/Simpson, ASU cheerleaders are required to sign a pledge that says, “I know that I am part of a team representing ASU and will therefore always try to present myself in the best interest of the university.” Still, disbanding a 16-person squad for the actions of 6 members — particularly when those “actions” involved nothing worse than posing for a PG-13 photo — seems like a bit of an overreaction to me.

It seems even more like an overreaction when you consider that ASU’s reputation wasn’t exactly squeaky-clean before this. If something similar had happened at BYU or even Notre Dame, I’d understand, but c’mon: this is Arizona State we’re talking about. Female students pretty much routinely walk around campus in their underwear! :)

[UPDATE: As if to prove my point, ASU apparently just had an “Undie Run” for charity. Video here.]

But, you can judge for yourself. Here is the offending photo, republished for your, uh, edification:

20 Responses to “ASU cheerleading team axed over raunchy photo”

  1. Marty West says:

    They all have dumpy cheerleader asses. Gross.

  2. David K. says:

    What these girls did was dumb, and they should be punished for it, either suspended or just kicked off the team.

    What the school did as dumber, seriously, what about the other girls who worked their asses off (heh) to be on the team and support their school? What about future people who have yet to commit a crime but because of some people in the past won’t even get a chance to embarrass their party school? And what about all the teenage boys who won’t get a chance to ogle college cheerleaders? Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!?

  3. David K. says:

    BTW Brendan, thank for assessing us of this situation. Your blog is a real asset. Without you the masses might have passed over this story entirely.

    And to all you young lasses out there who want to be cheerleaders someday, never assume you’ll get away with such crass behavior. Really, just try to show some class and let the urge to do stupid stunts like this pass. You can still show some sass without, well showing your….rears.

    I’d just like to leave you with one more thought.

    Ass.

  4. MumZ says:

    Where’s the raunchy photo? I’ve seen more exposure on the beach- or in the Sears catalog! To even react to something like this is just plain silly.

  5. Brendan says:

    David K. #2: Heh!

  6. Andrew says:

    MumZ, it depends on which appendage is reacting.

  7. Aaron says:

    What Mumz said. Deeply, deeply silly.

  8. Aaron says:

    Andrew, heh ;)

  9. Joe Loy says:

    MumZ, you make a very good point. / Then again, there Was a time when young fellers thought the Sears catalogue was pretty Hot. {Ask DadZ, I bet he’ll tellya. :}

  10. Brendan says:

    They all have dumpy cheerleader asses. Gross.

    Marty, no offense, but you are so “that guy” who always says stuff like this about pictures of (at least reasonably) pretty women on the Internets.

    I’m not saying these ladies are the most gorgeous female specimens on the face of the earth, but good grief, they aren’t “dumpy” or “gross,” either. Yeah, yeah, I know, eye of the beholder. But the “eye” that judges these at-least-moderately-attractive women as “gross” — a description which, I think it’s fair to say, is several levels below mere unattractiveness — is an “eye” that would regard at least 99% of the human race as ugly.

    It’s a strange thing about the Internet, that it encourages people to hold each other (well, women, really) to ever more impossible standards of beauty. I mean, look, women who aren’t totally airbrushed and/or anorexic and/or post-plastic-surgery and/or among the 0.01% most naturally gorgeous females on the planet! GROSS!!

  11. Brendan says:

    I apologize if the above comment seems bitchy. I’m not trying to target you, Marty; I don’t think this is some grave character flaw or anything. I just find it a distressing trend on the Interwebs. You, individually, are obviously entitled to your opinion of what’s attractive and what’s not, and I don’t mean to suggest that you’re somehow trampling women by having such an opinion. I just find the trend unfortunate, not necessarily your comment in particular. Your comment was just a good jumping-off point for a rant. :)

  12. Youngblai says:

    Don’t back off now Brendan!

    I wonder how the site got the pics?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I understand why the serpent went after eve with the apple. There’s got to be a wh* gene somewhere in the Double-X.

  14. Aaron says:

    Brendan, I had exactly the same reaction to Marty West’s comment. The “that guy” you describe wasn’t born with the internet, of course, but the anonymity of the internet makes things easier for him. In person, it’s usually pretty obvious that “that guy” is just overcompensating for a lack of confidence in his own ability to attract women.

    Like you, I don’t mean to target Marty specifically. It’s possible he’s an exception. It’s also possible his comment was meant to be sarcastic, and we missed it. But as you say, “that guy” is pretty common.

  15. Scientizzle says:

    That picture = mothball the entire cheer team?

    They know that they’re Arizona State University, right? Consistently recognized as a top hottie coed/party school?

    I’m sure the sorority girls getting their tans on the lawn of Delta Delta Delta (Tri-Delt…everyone else has!) show as much or more skin every sunny afternoon…

  16. Marty West says:

    Brendan,

    No Apology necessary. I realize I do sound like “that guy.” But, that being said, most girls I know that are/have been cheerleaders have dumpy asses…IE big butts and ‘powerful’ thighs. That’s just something I personally don’t find attractive in a woman. The thighs/asses are a direct result of the requirements it takes to be a cheerleader. It’s not easy to tumble and flip down the sideline/mat. I have a huge amount of respect for these athletes and I could care less if they show a little skin.

    Aaron – rest assured I am not overcoming a lack of self confidence. I have a beautiful girlfriend who looks 1000 times better than the girls in the picture posted above.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I personally think they do like hot. They’re still whores. Maybe I have self-confidence problems. Still, they’re whores. Have some self-respect you wannabe women “leaders.” Playing orgy-sex-kitten for the camera is about as old as Jezebel. Wanna try something new ?

  18. Mark says:

    I guess they must be the only girls who have ever done this? My goodness how terrible…girls having fun and laughing…those could have been bathing suits and they would had less on…what a joke. They were doing absolutely nothing wrong.

  19. antonio says:

    I’m w/ you on this Marty… Most women are great, but w/ the onslaught of media hungry people ie: (I mean nothing if I’m not in print, on some cheap ass video, photo etc..) a lot of young women have been looking awfully desperate to be “seen” by someone, ANYONE! If they don’t feel they can get a dick hard w/ obvious “put on sexuality” then they feel they don’t rate.

    Books seem to be a forgotten commodity these days, so does self respect.

    I have had these type of girls try to hang out in the hallway of my dorm room wanting to party etc.. and I will always go for the weirder, hot chick w/ a brain who doesn’t feel the need to be permantly tan, look like jlo (that shit is dumpy up close, I dated a few cheerleaders like that in 11th grade) nothing against their bodies, but really what gives?

    It is not an intelligent, hot, elegant turn on. Anyway, these chicks need to know that “girls gone wild” suck, need attention, are neurotic and worst of all, usually, well, always have bad taste in music. And yes, that matters.

  20. antonio says:

    I forgot to add that, I would throw that chick from that reality show who’s dad worked the O.J case and Jlo out of bed in a second to be w? charlize theron, racheal weiz or my own girlfriend who chose college over modeling, just saying.

    It is awful that normal chicks have to not only endure not being thin enough from the media, but nownot being curvy enough w/ the advent of desperate girls in rap videos.

    I would not want to be a woman in todays world, remember this shit when dealing w/ real girls who will stick by you and not “put on” a fake porn show when fucking dude.