The Washington Football Team will create the team’s first co-ed dance team as part of its new game day entertainment program, hiring Petra Pope as senior advisor to run it. Formerly, Pope was manager of the Laker Girls and then Knicks City Dancers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2021
Washington paused its cheerleaders program last month amid harassment and misconduct allegations involving the program. The team settled with a group of former cheerleaders over lewd videos employees recorded without the cheerleaders knowledge during a pair of photo shoots in 2008 and 2010.
Washington and its owner Dan Snyder are also under an independent investigation following accusations of more than a dozen former female employees of harassment and sexual misconduct. Famed DC attorney Beth Wilkinson is directing the investigation.
Multiple team executives have either re-signed, retired or been fired as a result of the allegations, including longtime voice of the team Larry Michael. Wilkinson will report her findings to the NFL.
A team source told USA TODAY the re-brand to a dance team is not related to the NFL’s investigation.