Lingerie Football League’s Toronto Triumph Team Members Quit in Protest

There’s turmoil in Toronto concerning the city’s Lingerie Football League team. 22 of 26 members of the Triumph reportedly have quit in a protest over some players and a coach being released.

The players were upset when four players and assistant coach Sebastian Clovis were released following the team’s season-opening loss to the Tampa Breeze 48-14. That’s the only game they’ve played all season. Team captain Krista Ford explained her decision to walk out on the team.

“I am really sad to let you all know that I have left the Toronto Triumph, along with many of my teammates,” Ford wrote on her Facebook page. “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make thus far, however, I had to stand up for what I felt was right. Unfortunately, it cost me the greatest sport in the world.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere without my girls. The dedication and sacrifices these ladies have made day in and day out inspires me to become a better person, athlete, and friend. I’ve been playing variations of this sport for 5 years, dreaming of playing it for 10 years, and watching it for 20. I’ve learned so much in my short time with the LFL, and I do not regret it for one second! Despite being a football junkie, when anyone of my teammates is in risk of serious injury due to the lack of proper coaching, it is time to stand up. Unfortunately, our voice as a team was ignored. I pray for the safety and health of every athlete, including my former teammates despite going our separate ways.”

The league’s chairman has defended the team’s actions, saying they’re concerned about producing high-quality football and getting rid of the ladies who just want to be celebrities. We support his ideal, but my guess is most people attend lingerie league games to see attractive ladies wearing hardly any clothing. I’ve never been to a game, but Donovan McNabb has. Maybe we should ask him why people attend.

If it were about football and not marketing, why wouldn’t they wear actual uniforms instead of this:

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  • Anonymous

    i understand so little about the situation after reading this.  how does news pass off such non specific and vague information?  all we know is that the women are knockouts (all white chicks for some reason too), and for some undefined reason a coach and 4 players were kicked off the team.  then 22/26 quit (does this add up to all 26 players gone???)

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Four players were released and so was a coach. The players were upset that the coach was released. They were also concerned with safety issues, so they began to quit. Only four of 26 remain, reportedly. All the details are somewhat hazy, but what we know is that the franchise is in trouble and that the players have protested by quitting.

  • Anonymous

    I am so  disappointed in these ladies. Crap like this increases the invisible intelligence line that’s drawn betweeen men and women. Start a league of soemthing our young ladies can be proud of. Give them something to earn a  sense of accomplishment using the brain God gaave them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X4CDI7MMKXCTWFGIUKG2MKO72Y Chris

    I dated a girl who played in the league.  I was shocked to learn they do not use real pads in games to show off their cleavage.  They are packed foam you would find in a TV box….seriously.  Limited insurance offers, they got paid 20% of the tickets sales after the arena and all operating expenses were paid, 10% if they lost, no compensation for practice.  Yes they know what they are getting into for the “love of the game” but a sweatshop worker seems to have more rights and pull in their area of employment that these woman.  I respect their love of the game, but what they are put through, they have to really want the attention to deal with it, and sadly, many do.

  • Jonathon Hallwood

    Thanks for including this crucial information (the very reason they quit!) in a comment and not the article, Larry.  Where did you learn to write, the Lingerie University of Journalism?
    More importantly, if you’re going to critique something, you should do some research about it prior to critiquing it.  I watched the LFL for the first time last week and was highly impressed.  The women can play (and hit)!  And, significantly, they take the sport and competition very seriously.  I don’t disagree that the uniforms are ridiculous and the marketing focuses on sex.  But, those are aspects beyond the players’ control.  So, critique the men that are running the league, but don’t criticize the athletes (yes, they are athletes, and would kick the crap out of you), who play with passion.  Watch a game or two, especially the LA team, whose QB passes better than half the NFL QBs, and then make your critique.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Hey doofus, did you read the post or just skip to the comments? All the info is right there in the first two paragraphs. I just regurgitated the key points in a comment. Take your negativity elsewhere.

  • Herbert Rainey

    While surfing stations, I ran across the Lingerie Football League and like most men, paused to check out the women.  To my surprise, I watched the entire game!  Not because of the attractiveness of the women playing, but the suprising level of skill they displayed.  Sure they looked good, and sure their outfits, …ok, uniforms, were revealing,… but the truth of the matter is,… the women CAN play football!  The competitive skill I witnessed will make most observers stop “gaulking” and give credit where credit is due.  I’m hoping that the outfit ploy is a tactic to get people watching, like it admittedy did me.  I believe that in a few years the women will get credibility and who knows,…possibly real uniforms and real padding!  -Herbert Rainey Jr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002754556770 Kat Krazi

    Definately, these girls can play, and they often deliver wicked hits.  I read one of the girls got injured and was not 100% covered by the league.  That is crap.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QBISAKXUS4N2J7JR5FTOOHA4RQ dave

    I  have  watched  a few  games  and i  have  to  say  that  the  girls  can  play , and they  love  the  game . Give them  uniforms  and real  pads !  I would  still watch the  games !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H55UJ3FC26WTDL645WEROR7QZI DanS

    Men don’t need the sex aspect to watch chicks play ball. It’s obvious from what I’ve seen that these women are serious. Give them real uniforms and real pads. I, for one, would love to see them play legitimate football with all the bells and whistles.

    For me, the titillation comes from imagining myself getting hit by one of these girls. I would probably cream my jeans while getting knocked out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Gruenke/100003054512688 Eric Gruenke

    Hey buddy…I am disappointed in you!  Did you ever hear of spellcheck and/or ever really watch a game?  Yeah, I didn’t think so.  Sure this league is run like crap, but these ladies are serious and most can really play!!!  Thanks girls…you all stood up for yourselves admirably!!!  Screw that Toronto owner!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drdavid.stephenson1 DrDavid Stephenson

    As on e of the LFL’s most avid fans, I can tell you that the uniforms are indeed one of the attatctive points about the league. Not because of half nudity but because female athleticism is a matter of aesthetic charm that should not be covered up by men’s uniforms or tired old ideas about proper decorum from people who objectify women.
    A good rule for a serious journalist would be to experience something before you blab about it. Why don’t you check out a game and you too will walk away in awe at the level of competitiveness and athleticism on display. Mere nudity could never hold people’s attention for as long as the LFL as thus far lasted.