Former NFL Cheerleader Cries Foul About Alleged Religious Discrimination | Megyn Kelly TODAY

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>>>IMAGINE LANDING THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS. FOR ONE WOMAN, IT WAS A COVETED SPOT ON AN NFL CHEERLEADING TEAM. OUR GUEST WAS OVER THE MOON WHEN IT HAPPENED TO HER. THEN, SHE CLAIMS IT ALL CAME CRASHING DOWN. SHE SAYS THAT SHE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF HER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. HERE IS HER STORY.>>KRISTAN ANN WARE DREAMED OF BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL DANCER. AT 23, SHE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE MIAMI DOLPHINS CHEERLEADING TEAM. >>I LOVED MY JOB. IT WAS GREAT. THEN AFTER THAT, THINGS JUST STARTED TO CHANGE. REALLY BAD. YOU KNOW?>>WARE SAYS AFTER TWO GREAT SEASONS, SHE FOUND HERSELF IN A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT. SHE SAYS IT WAS BECAUSE OF HER CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND HER CHOICE TO WAIT TO HAVE SEX UNTIL SHE’S MARRIED.>>THIS IS MY PERSONAL CONVICTION THAT I HAVE FROM GOD. I HAVE A TRUE LOVE WAITS RING. I JUST TOOK A VOW TO WAIT FOR MARRIAGE. >>WARE SAYS THE TEAM LEADERS EMBARRASSED HER, SINGLED HER OUT AND EVEN FORBADE HER TO TALK ABOUT GOD OR VIRGINITY. >>I SAT DOWN WITH MY DIRECTOR AND COACHES. THEY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR VIRGINITY. SOMETHING IN ME SAID, I DON’T THINK THIS IS RIGHT. TO HAVE IT BE THROWN INTO MY FACE AS SOMETHING DIRTY, THAT TOOK A PIECE OF ME.>>WARE ENDED UP QUITTING THE TEAM. SHE’S FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, CLAIMING RELIGIOUS AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION. SAYS SHE IS SEEKING ARBITRATION WITH THE TEAM AND WANTS A MEETING WITH THE NFL.>>I STRUGGLED. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE THE WAY THAT I WAS BEING TREATED, IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE MAKING ME CHOOSE. DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHEERLEADER, OR DO YOU WANT TO FOLLOW GOD?>>I’M JOINED NOW BY KRISTAN KRISTAN ANN WARE AND HER ATTORNEY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE, RIGHT? YOU GET THIS POSITION ON THE MIAMI DOLPHINS CHEERLEADING TEAM. THE FIRST COUPLE YEARS WENT FINE. >>IT WAS AMAZING. >>NOBODY IS ASKING YOU ABOUT YOUR VIRGINITY.>>WELL, IT DID COME UP MY SECOND YEAR ON A BUS TRIP TO LONDON. >>HOW DID WHAT WAS GOOD TURN INTO THIS NOW LAWSUIT, WHERE THEY’RE COMING AFTER YOU FOR YOUR FAITH AND, YOU KNOW, THE STATUS OF YOUR LOVE LIFE?>>I KNOW. IT SEEMS CRAZY. MY FIRST TWO YEARS WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. YOU KNOW, WHAT REALLY MEANT THE MOST TO ME WAS THE MILITARY TOURS. THAT’S WHERE THE GIRLS BONDED SO MUCH. TO BE ASKED TO GO ON THE MILITARY TOURS, GO OVERSEAS AND VISIT OUR MEN AND WOMEN, AND ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SHAKE HANDS WITH THEM IN PERSON AND SAY, THANK YOU, IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. I GREW UP IN A MILITARY HOME. GIVING BACK TO THEM MEANT THE WORLD. THAT’S WHERE THE GIRLS AND I BONDED. ON A TRIP TO LONDON, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THEIR SEX PLAYLIST, YOU KNOW, WHAT SONGS THEY HAD. I WAS, LIKE, MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS. >>BEFORE THEY HAVE ACTION, THEY’D PRESS PLAY?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>MY HUSBAND IS IN THE AUDIENCE, HONEY, I THINK WE’RE DOING IT WRONG. I HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS A PLAYLIST. >>FUTURE HUSBAND, BE LISTENING. I GUESS WE NEED A PLAYLIST. YEAH, IT GOT BROUGHT UP. I WAS MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS. THEY STARTED ASKING MORE AND MORE, WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ONE? I THOUGHT, I COULD LIE AND JUST KIND OF BLEND IN, OR I COULD TELL THE TRUTH AND FACE WHAT COMES NEXT. I EXPLAINED ABOUT MY TRUE LOVE WAITS RING, HOW I LOVE JESUS AND IT IS MY PERSONAL CONVICTION FOR MY LIFE, YOU KNOW.>>WHAT IS A TRUE LOVE WAITS RING? A PROMISE YOU’RE NOT GOING TO — YOU WEAR IT ON THE WEDDING RING FINGER. >>WHEN I’M MARRIED, I REPLACE IT WITH THE WEDDING RING. >>IT MEANS, I WON’T HAVE SEX BEFORE I’M MARRIED?>>YES. >>HOW DO THEY REACT TO THAT?>>SOME WERE LIKE, WHAT? NO WAY!>>RIGHT. THAT’S OKAY, RIGHT?>>RIGHT, THAT’S TOTALLY FINE. EVERYTHING WAS FINE AFTER THAT, TOO. IT WASN’T UNTIL MY THIRD YEAR, WHEN THINGS STARTED COMING DOWN.>>THE PROBLEM BEGAN WITH THE COACH OF THE TEAM, THE PERSON WHO WANTED TO DISCUSS THE RING AND ALL THAT?>>YES, MA’AM, THE DIRECTOR. >>WHAT IS HER NAME?>>DORI. >>DORI CALLS YOU IN AND SAYS WHAT?>>SHE SAYS, YOU KNOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR VIRGINITY. I WAS, LIKE, WHOA. SOMETHING IN ME TELLS ME THAT SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT ABOUT THAT. >>CORRECT. >>THEN, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE TAUGHT TO SAY, YES, MA’AM. YOU DON’T HAVE AN OPINION ON THAT TEAM. YOU KIND OF TAKE WHAT YOU’RE GIVEN. I JUST SAT THERE, LIKE, OH, BOY, WHAT’S NEXT?>>WHAT DID SHE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR VIRGINITY?>>I GUESS, SHE WANTED TO TELL ME THAT I HAVE TAKEN SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE UPON A TIME, PURE AND BEAUTIFUL, AND I MADE IT DIRTY. >>WAIT A MINUTE. WHAT DID YOU MAKE DIRTY?>>I GUESS — >>PREMARITAL SEX? YOU WERE BEING TOO JUDGMENTAL OF OTHER PEOPLE?>>I WASN’T.>>BY CHOOSING NOT TO DO IT?>>HER VIRGINITY WAS DIRTY, IS WHAT SHE MEANT. >>DORI SAYS THIS?>>YES. >>I’D LIKE TO MEET DORI. >>THAT’S WHAT MY DAD SAID, BUT HE SAID HE CAN’T LOSE HIS RETIREMENT MONEY. >>YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE POWER GOING ON HERE, RIGHT? WE TALKED IN ANOTHER CASE. THE CHEERLEADERS ARE SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS. >>RIGHT. >>NOT TREATED AS EQUALS AND THREATENED WITH, A MILLION GIRLS WILL TAKE THIS JOB. >>DURING THE MEETING, IT WAS A TABLE WITH THE THREE COACHES AND DORI, THE DIRECTOR, ON ONE SIDE, AND HER IN A CHAIR ON THE OTHER SIDE. IT WAS VERY MUCH A POWER STRUGGLE RIGHT THEN. THEY EVEN TOLD HER, DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. DON’T TALK ABOUT YOUR PROMISE TO GOD. YOU NEED A SWITCH. SWITCH ON WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU’RE OUTSIDE OF HERE. WHEN YOU’RE INSIDE OF HERE, SWITCH IT OFF. >>YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT GOD?>>I WASN’T ALLOWED TO MENTION GOD. >>THIS IS — THIS IS SO MESSED UP. DO YOU WATCH THE NFL FOOTBALL GAMES? SEE WHAT THE PLAYERS DO WHEN THEY SCORE A TOUCHDOWN? HAVE YOU SEEN A PROFESSIONA>>>WE’RE BACK NOW WITH FORMER MIAMI DOLPHINS CHEERLEADER KRISTAN ANN WARE. THE STAFF DISCRIMINATED AGAINST HER FOR HER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, AND SHE IS SUING FOR HER RIGHTS. ALONG WITH HER IS HER ATTORNEY. THE COACHING STAFF, WHICH WE HAVEN’T REACHED OUT DIRECTLY, HAVEN’T SPOKEN WITH DORI, THEY DIDN’T SEEM SO MUCH IN FAVOR OF YOUR PROFESSIONS OF FAITH. THIS CULMINATED IN WHAT YOU SAY WAS ABUSE OF YOU IN THIS THIRD SEASON. TELL US ABOUT THE RUNWAY SHOW. YOU DID SOME — I GUESS THE CHEERLEADERS DO RUNWAY SHOWS. >>WE DO ONE FASHION SHOW A YEAR. IT IS TO SHOW ALL THE OTHER SWIMSUIT KIND OF DESIGNS THROUGHOUT MIAMI. I WAS DOING THIS FASHION SHOW. THEY HAD LAST-MINUTE GIVEN ME WINGS THAT WERE WAY TOO BIG. DORI MENTIONED THEY WERE TOO BIG AND WOULD FIT THEM LATER. IT WAS A RUN THROUGH, SO GO AHEAD AND WALK. I SEE HER KIND OF WALKING FAST TO GET BACKSTAGE. BY THE TIME I WAS GETTING DOWN THE STAIRS, SHE HAD GRABBED MY SWIMSUIT AND THE WINGS AND, LIKE, PULLED ME DOWN AND STARTED SHAKING ME, CALLING ME A CHILD. TOLD ME I NEEDED TO GROW UP OR SHE WAS GOING TO HIRE ME A BABYSITTER. FEW CUSS WORDS. I TOOK THEM OFF AND RAN TO THE BATHROOM AND JUST BALLED MY EYES OUT. MY TEAMMATES WERE TELLING ME, YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD QUIT. THIS ISN’T RIGHT. THEY’RE NOT TREATING YOU FAIRLY.>>YOU DID QUIT, RIGHT?>>WELL, LATER. I KEPT TRYING TO FIGHT.>>SARAH, WHAT HAPPENS NOW? THIS IS THE SECOND TIME WE’VE HAD YOU ON HERE, TALKING ABOUT ALLEGED MISTREATMENT OF CHEERLEADERS. IT’S NOT THE NFL’S ISSUE EXACTLY, IT’S THE TEAMS, RIGHT? EMPLOYED BY THE TEAMS. >>THE NFL HAS A LOT OF CONTROL OVER THE CHEERLEADERS AND THE TEAMS. THE NFL COULD MAKE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT APPLY TO EACH TEAM. THE CHEERLEADERS ARE BOUND BY NFL RULES AND REGULATIONS. I THINK IT IS THE TEAM’S RESPONSIBILITY, BUT I ALSO THINK THE NFL HAS A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY, AS WELL. >>WHAT IS THE ISSUE, THEY’RE NOT TREATING THE WOMEN IN THE WAYS THE MEN WOULD BE ALLOWED TO PROFESS THEIR FAITH? IT IS NOT LIKE — YOU WEREN’T RUNNING AROUND EVANGELIZING, TRYING TO CONVERT PEOPLE?>>NO. >>YOU COULD SEE, IT’S TOO MUCH MAYBE. THEY JUST DIDN’T WANT ANY MENTION OF GOD. THEY SEEM TO ADMIT THAT. THE MIAMI DOLPHINS GAVE US A STATEMENT, SAYING, IN 2016, WE WERE AWARE OF AN INCIDENT WITH OUR CHEERLEADERS THAT FELL SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS. WE ADDRESSED THE ISSUE AND REPRIMANDED THE SUPERVISOR, WHO APOLOGIZED TO THE ENTIRE TEAM. THEY’RE TRYING TO SAY, LOOK, EVERYBODY HAS A BAD ACTOR HERE. WHEN IT WAS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION, WE SNUFFED IT OUT. >>IT GOT WORSE. OTHER COACHES THAT WEREN’T BEING ABUSIVE OR HOSTILE BECAME ABUSIVE AND HOSTILE TOWARD KRIS KRISTAN ANN. THE THING IS RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION, OBVIOUSLY, BUT ALSO GENDER DISCRIMINATION. FOOTBALL PLAYERS CAN PROFESS FAITH ON SOCIAL MEDIA. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD, WE HAVE A PICTURE OF THE DOLPHINS, FIVE OR SIX OF THE PLAYERS ON THE 50 YARD LINE, KNEELING AND PRAYING. IT IS PRAISED. THEY DON’T GET HOSTILE TREATMENT. THEY HAVE A PREACHER WHO COMES INTO THEIR LOCKER ROOM BEFORE GAMES. IT’S A GENDER DISCRIMINATION ISSUE. IT IS ALSO RELIGIOUS AND RETALIATION. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW THE CHEERLEADERS ARE TREATED AND THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS ARE TREATED IS OKAY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT ROLES. >>THE PLAYERS GET PAID MORE, FOR EXAMPLE. NOT DISCRIMINATORY. >>RIGHT. THEIR RELIGIOUS FAITH, BEING ABLE TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS FAITH WITHOUT BEING HARASSED SHOULD BE SIMILARLY SITUATED BETWEEN BOTH THE PLAYERS AND THE CHEERLEADERS. >>WE’D DONE ANOTHER STORY WHERE THE CHEERLEADER — THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED, ON SOME TEAMS, TO STAY IN THE SAME RESTAURANT IF THE NFL FOOTBALL PLAYER COMES IN. THEY HAVE TO LEAVE. THEY CAN’T LET THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOLLOW THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA. YET, THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT. >>RIGHT. >>WE’LL STAY ON IT.>>WE’LL STAY ON IT. THEY’RE RUNNING A FOUL IN THE

 

52 Responses

  1. Romely Braña

    April 19, 2018 6:50 pm

    I don’t know if she plays stupid and silly…… I hate when women do that. Being religious doesn’t mean being silly and stupid …. they are absolutely wrong by bothering her, but girl !!!!!! Go on, act smart and serious please, at least if you want serious attention.

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  2. jeff vaquera

    April 19, 2018 8:51 pm

    The NFL needs to due away with professional cheerleading all together. Use the money for community outreach programs and tutoring programs.

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  3. Pollyanna Principle

    April 19, 2018 9:17 pm

    I don't believe people should be bringing up religion in the workplace. Some Christians throw all this god and Jesus stuff around like everyone subscribes to it. It's annoying and offensive to some people that are not Christian. If Muslim girls proselytized arranged marriages and brought up Allah, they would probably be fired on the spot.

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  4. Chant Bagby

    April 20, 2018 12:56 pm

    This girl is lying. People are not that interested in this one girl’s virginity. She must have been preaching to people and they got tired of hearing about it.

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  5. Knez Fikol

    April 22, 2018 8:53 pm

    She has the right to practice her religion. However, I've come across Orthodox Christians and Catholics, and not a single person of these denominations talked about Jesus so much. Is this a thing among American Christians? Every other sentence should be about Jesus?

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  6. Tim Randall

    April 26, 2018 3:32 am

    Some of Christians are so obnoxious, like someone else said that's all they talk about ad nauseam, I believe but I have a life, God's a part of it but He's not all of it. I'm a sinner and I keep the 10 commandments but I frequently fall short. Nobody likes a goody two shoes. Live life to the fullest. God will forgive.

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  7. Jennifer Parrish

    April 27, 2018 7:55 pm

    I went through the same thing at my former job. I was harassed for my beliefs and my virginity. I quit as well. I didn't and don't ever want to ever force Jesus on anyone. Because Jesus is a gentleman and He doesn't want to force Himself on anyone. I think what she is doing is noble and I pray that things change.

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  8. Angela Hagerman

    April 28, 2018 4:14 am

    She seems a little air heady….She should have just told them it's none of their business…

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  9. Angela Hagerman

    April 28, 2018 4:16 am

    My daughters are virgins and they don't talk about this or bring up God…people already know there is something different about them and then they ask if they are curious..

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  10. Pretty Prudent

    April 29, 2018 5:47 pm

    This is a Joke. She likely felt victimized because her job didn't match her religious doctrine as she would have liked. You can tell she’s used to manipulating and getting her way. Find another career….maybe as a nun? But I doubt she'd feel comfortable around all those child-molesting priests. Amazing how people use their religion (:

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  11. Elana Carter

    June 20, 2018 9:16 pm

    All the comments that say she is dumb or airheaded are missing the point. How is that relevant? She was harassed because of her religion.

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  12. Joan H

    June 21, 2018 4:41 am

    I can guess what happened here, same thing as with a nurse I knew who actually got fired from the hospital bc she talked about her Christianity to everyone and drove patients crazy. That's the problem with fanatical religion, they talk about it all the time.

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  13. Deidre Muhammad

    July 2, 2018 3:59 am

    Tim Tebow paid a great price for being openly religious. It's like they can do it, but they will still be even more scrutinized if the players are not stronger athletes. I think there was a way for the woman to answer her teammates without coming across as "preachy". I mean, let's be honest, if your career is being made by your looks and sexuality, do you really think this is the right time to talk about how pure you think you are. She could have just said no, I don't have a playlist, instead of making the other girls feel judged.

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  14. joaquinBaptiste

    July 31, 2018 6:31 pm

    I agree with her and admire her stance on some things (like the ring), and maybe not so much other things. I have mixed feelings about the legal action, but conservative Christians are under attack in this country unlike anything I have ever seen. So they must starting using the courts like everybody else if they are to survive. But I want to focus on something different that's positive. And that is the fact that I felt like this show gave her a fair hearing. For that network, that is extremely unusual. So thanks for giving a Christian a fair shake for a change. Didn't even feel like there was the usual undercurrent of network condescension. Very unusual, unexpected and refreshing. Hopeful even. So thanks Megyn and whoever planned the show.

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  15. Theresa Zantene

    August 4, 2018 2:39 am

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, some of the pro players need to take a stand along with these women!

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  16. misshollybrooke

    August 28, 2018 2:09 am

    I really honor this woman. I so wish I waited for my fiancé. I grew up thinking this would be me but gave it away in a stupid way with a stupid guy. So stupid. This girl is so amazing!!!!

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  17. jazzmin parker

    September 1, 2018 12:48 am

    That whole wings thing was so pointless they were basically pointing out that she was a virgin and has her own belief smh

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  18. schweenieboy

    September 4, 2018 10:54 pm

    0:45 If Anyone Wants To Know What The Verse Is
    Psalm 46:5 New International Version (NIV)
    God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

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  19. Teri Looney

    September 7, 2018 12:26 pm

    These beliefs used to be the norm and were valued by society, this is a clear example that Judeo-Christian values are being challenged and eroded. Beware everyone…this will become the new norm and this will happen more and in more arenas.

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  20. on the rocks with salt

    September 11, 2018 12:30 am

    This girl is a good girl and in 2018 that's a rarity. She may not be running around sleeping with men but I have a feeling she's about to give the NFL the f*cking it deserves. Good for her!

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  21. Yadira Davila

    September 20, 2018 5:35 am

    I love this beautiful young women! Good for you, you are so brave. I’m proud of you and your parents for bringing you up with values, love and respect for yourself. Oh how different it would be if more girls were like you. I hope I can raise my two little girls to be brave and stand strong for your beliefs.

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  22. Joey Gonz

    October 5, 2018 3:05 pm

    How would anyone have found out about her virginity? That's not really a convo I have with anyone at work heh.

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  23. panda bear

    October 11, 2018 12:31 pm

    I advocate to keep yourself pure.. She was treated so bad..those other cheerleaders were fuming with shame. That's why they hated her.

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  24. Edward Warwick

    October 24, 2018 9:09 pm

    Whatever happened to the employer, stay out of her bedroom. She has a backbone and strong personal value, very admirable. Put me on that jury, the Dolphins pay big in court.

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  25. Edward Warwick

    October 24, 2018 9:12 pm

    What do you expect from the Dolphins organization, a team that allows its players to take one knee during the national anthem? Her talking about her faith makes them uncomfortable.

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  26. Douglas Wayne

    January 18, 2019 4:00 am

    I am beginning to see that the image of cheerleaders the cheerleader establishment want to covertly convey is that they are nothing but dancing Ho's for the the perverted pleasures of football players and their rich owners.

    That is why they told this cheerleader to stop mentioning God and virginity.

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  27. Peter Fastwolf

    June 19, 2019 1:03 am

    i played in the NFL for 2 years and it is nothing like you see on TV, it is racist, sexist and i loved the game but it has things going on i can't talk about,but that was a part of the 20 years i played at all levels, and the pro team i played for did not have cheerleaders, and no not everyone makes millions,

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  28. لميول 17

    August 6, 2019 2:37 pm

    She’s so pure and beautiful inside and out 💛💛💛 I really respect and live by her promise to god

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  29. Bj Moe

    September 2, 2019 4:27 am

    You are one of a kind sweetie be proud. A lot of women would love to do what you are doing But they are not strong enough to do that so a lot of women envy women like yourself You are a rare breed be very proud of yourself maybe some of you will rub off on the future generation of women . KUDOS 2 U. The world need more like you.

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