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Sarah Jones loses defamation lawsuit against Nik Richie

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Sarah Jones, the former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had a sexual relationship with an underage student who later became her fiance, lost her defamation lawsuit against Nik Richie and his gossip website TheDirty.com earlier this week. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel overturned a verdict from last year that had awarded Jones $338,000.

According to Amber Hunt of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the court ruled that Richie was protected under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, also known as CDA. The statute protects website operators from being held accountable for content posted by third parties. The lawsuit Jones filed had to do with an anonymous user who posted on TheDirty.com that she had sex with half the Bengals team and had contracted sexually transmitted diseases.

Hunt noted that Jones’ case against Richie had been watched closely by First Amendment lawyers and major corporations like Google, eBay, Facebook and Amazon — all of which filed a joint brief in support of Richie. On Monday, Richie posted a photo of the court filing on his Instagram page with the following caption.

“Just incase you are wondering, I saved the internet today. Your freedom continues. Congress enacted 230 c1 to preserve a free internet, and that enactment resolves this case. Bottom line: always fight for what you believe. #Freedom.”

Jones will now look to take the case to Supreme Court.

“It’s disappointing,” her lawyer Chris Roach said. “We were really hoping it would be Nik Richie who would be (taking the case) to the Supreme Court, but we’ll be doing it instead.”

Roach claims that Richie encouraged people to post defamatory content about Jones, making him more than just an innocent bystander.

“(The case is a) green light to do anything that’s technically illegal on the Internet,” Roach said. “It’s letting (Richie) post whatever he wants with immunity.”

As an example, Roach cited a post a few years back where Richie allegedly wrote, “Why are high school teachers freaks in the sack?” and signed his name.

With major companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon backing him, it’s hard to imagine Richie losing in Supreme Court. The case could wind up being incredibly costly for Jones.

Oregon cheerleaders wearing green and yellow contacts for Washington game

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With Halloween just around the corner, the Oregon football cheerleading squad has decided to creep out the entire nation with their new contact lenses. Colored contacts have always freaked me out. Green and yellow contacts that feature the Oregon “O”  are no exception.

“On our way to Seattle, but all we see is green and yellow,” Oregon Cheerleading posted on Twitter Friday morning. “#GoDucks.”

[Related: Brandon Inge wore freaky contact lenses during game]

Aren’t cheerleaders supposed to put a smile on your face? Considering these lenses make the young ladies look like they have been possessed by a demon, I’m thinking the players might be better off wearing them.

H/T Eye on College Football

335-pound HS football player Armand Fernandez-Pierre also a cheerleader

Armand-Fernandez-PierreArmand Fernandez-Pierre is a high school football player with the size needed to dominate at the collegiate level. Weighing in at 335 pounds, the nose tackle has a rare physical makeup and has drawn interest from schools like UCLA and Miami. However, Fernandez-Pierre just starting playing high school football his senior year.

Having suffered a serious neck injury playing football in the eighth grade, Fernandez-Pierre decided to commit himself to cheerleading. When Episcopal School of Dallas football coach Clayton Sanders spotted Armand during his cheering routine, he knew he had to get him on the team.

“The deal was that he and my cheer coach would have to figure a way that I could play both sports in the same season,” Armand told My FOX Dallas-Fort Worth.

Fernandez-Pierre is so powerful that Sanders has asked him to not go full-contact on anything but the sleds during practice. His cheerleading coach, Eric Daboa, said he wanted Fernandez-Pierre to remain strictly a cheerleader but realized football presents more opportunities later in life.

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Sarah Jones reportedly engaged to former student Cody York

Sarah Jones, the former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had a sexual relationship with her underage student, is reportedly engaged — to the former student. On Thursday, 19-year-old Cody York reportedly made the big announcement.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, York posted a photo on his Facebook page of the couple kissing on a beach with Jones wearing an engagement ring.

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York was 17 and a senior in high school at the time he began his sexual relationship with Jones. She avoided jail time last October by pleading guilty and agreeing to never teach again or coach children.

To say that the past two years have been a roller coaster ride for the former Ben-Gal would be an epic understatement. As of last October, Jones said she and York were staying together but had yet to go on their first date. Her mother later said that she stood by the relationship, so it’s probably safe to assume mom is happy about the big news.

In February, Jones was ordered to wear an ankle monitor after she violated her probation by conducting a radio interview.

Do you think the fact that Jones and York are reportedly engaged excuses her for having sex with a minor? Personally, I still think the whole thing is twisted.

Photo credit: Facebook/Cody York

High school cheerleader Montia Marie Parker charged with prostituting classmate

Montia-Marie-Parker-mugshotAn 18-year-old Hopkins High School (Minn.) student named Montia Marie Parker has been arrested and charged with two felonies after she allegedly convinced a 16-year-old classmate to perform acts of prostitution. According to KARE 11, Parker has been charged with second degree sex trafficking and promotion of prostitution.

A criminal complaint reportedly stated that Parker had a conversation with her cheerleading teammates — one of who is the victim — on March 1 about finding a way to make money. Someone allegedly told the 16-year-old girl that she could earn money by performing oral sex on men, and investigators say she was contacted by Parker via Facebook shortly thereafter.

The victim says Parker asked her to send pictures over Facebook that were “not too nasty but kinda cute” and that Parker then used the photos for an ad on Backpage.com.

On March 5, the victim claims she received a text message from Parker directing her to leave school and meet her at her car. The 16-year-old, Parker and two other girls drove to an apartment where the victim performed oral sex on a man in exchange for $60. Parker allegedly kept the money and deposited it into her bank account and gave none to the victim.

Prosecutors say Parker instructed the girl, who is said to have “cognitive impairments” that leave her vulnerable, to leave school again the next day and tried to convince her to have vaginal sex with another man. She reportedly did not want to and offered oral sex instead, but the client turned it down and Parker and the teen left with no money.

The victim’s mother reportedly brought the scandal to light when she was contacted by the school on March 5 and informed of her daughter’s unexcused absence. She later checked her daughter’s cell phone and discovered text messages between her and Parker. Parker admitted to prostituting the teen when questioned by authorities.

Where do we begin with this one? Parker’s alleged actions are wrong on so many levels that it’s tough to know where to start. We have heard plenty of alarming stories about prostitution in the past, but this one is definitely one of the more disturbing.

Grandma Susie Sanchez tries out to become Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

Suzie-Sanchez-Raiders-cheerleaderRemember Susie Sanchez? Sure you do — she’s the 39-year-old woman who made the Oakland Raiders cheerleading squad two years ago when she was 37. She also happens to be a mother of three and grandmother of one. That’s right, a grandmother was once an NFL cheerleader and recently went for it again.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Sanchez was one of over 400 women to try out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad over the weekend. Of the hundreds, she was the only grandmother. She tried out for five years before finally becoming a Raiderette in 2011.

“The year I was on that team, some of the girls were born the year I graduated,” Sanchez explained. “If you look at the numbers, it’s ‘What am I doing?’”

Sanchez will turn 40 in August, and she says she felt like she had to give NFL cheerleading one last shot. Believe it or not, she was not the oldest person at the tryout, as one woman was 41.

“I thought why not?” Sanchez said. “I got to go to the big guys. I’ve got to go to the best team in the NFL.”

Of course, she means the best cheerleading team in the NFL. No offense to Tony Romo, but the Cowboys aren’t quite there yet. Unfortunately, Sanchez only got to audition in front of the judges for 90 seconds before being dropped during the first round of cuts. She said this will be her last year trying out.

As far as seeing a 39-year-old cheerleader at Cowboys tryouts is concerned, I doubt anyone was surprised. If you remember, we showed you another grandmother who tried out last year that was 16 years older than Sanchez. One of these nanas are bound to make the team eventually.

CBS Houston pulls story asking if Thunder cheerleader is too chunky

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Earlier this week, CBS Houston writer Claire Crawford wrote a story that raised the question of whether or not one of the Oklahoma City Thunder dancers is “too chunky” to be a cheerleader. The entire story is posted above, and you can read it by clicking each section to enlarge the image.

“We are not trying to be ugly,” Crawford wrote. “We are just discussing what men like in women, specifically NBA cheerleaders.”

Even if men do prefer a specific body type when it comes to cheerleaders, embarrassing the young lady seems totally out of line. CBS Houston probably realized that, which is why the story has been pulled.

The story even ended with a poll question asking readers if they felt she was perfect for the job, could use some “tightening” up, or has “no business” wearing a cheerleading outfit in front of that many people.

Crawford’s real-life name reportedly is Anna-Megan Raley. Her Twitter accounts under her pseudonym and real name have been deleted, and an archive of her posts on CBS Houston have been wiped out for the most part.

The cheerleader who was targeted by the attack, Kelsey Williams, responded to the criticism over Twitter:

Just a couple months ago, we learned the story of a Green Bay Packers cheerleader who took a stand against cyber bullying after reading all the nasty things that were written about her on Facebook. Fans are always going to be ruthless, but there’s no excuse for the media to perpetuate stereotypes and basically highlight a cheerleader who some may consider to not fit the “cheerleading prototype.” I don’t see how anyone thought this article was worth posting.