Ravens Cheerleader Claims She’s Left At Home For Gaining 1.6 Pounds

Is this cheerleader really being excluded from attending the Super Bowl with her squad because of her weight?

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Courtney Lenz, a five-year Ravens cheer team vet, is telling media outlets that she's being kept from attending the Super Bowl in New Orleans this week because she gained almost two pounds.

Not sure if the story lines could possibly get any weirder in regards to this year's Super Bowl, but if this story is only half true, then shame on the Ravens.

Here's what Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports is reporting:

Lenz is using her story to get some some air time. An online petition on GoPetition.com passed 25,000 signatures on Thursday afternoon and a Facebook page dedicated to supporting Lenz.

Lenz seems to have changed her story a bit this week, but the story she told GMA was she thinks the decision to leave her home from the Super Bowl stems from a weigh-in that showed she had gained 1.6 pounds.

Lenz, 23, was on the Ravens' cheer team for five years. She finished school and got a full-time marketing job recently, and said she was retiring after the season.

Earlier in the week, in an interview with ABC News, Lenz didn't make her weight a major issue in being left back. The entire blog entry telling her story doesn't include any mention of her weight.

"They've been really hard on me this year since I told them I was leaving," Lenz said to ABC News. "I was the only three-plus year veteran that [is] not going. I immediately thought it was a mistake."

Then on "Good Morning America," Lenz said during the season she was disciplined for weight gain. She said she was forced to see a nutritionist and a counselor with the cost coming out of her pocket.

"The last straw had to come from to the weight," Lenz said to GMA. "They said I had quote-unquote, a rough year. They had to take disciplinary action, and being that I was benched for my weight."

In an interview with "Access Hollywood," Lenz said she weighed about 125 pounds and the team wanted her to be about 120. She said she was never told why she was being left home, but that the slight weight gain led to her only discipline during the season.

The GMA report said the Ravens have about 60 members and only 32 are allowed to come.

"As set by the NFL, we are permitted to bring 32 cheerleaders to the Super Bowl. Our selection process was based upon three criteria: seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season. As much as we would like to take the whole team, we are unable to do so, due to parameters set by the NFL," Ravens spokeswoman Heather Harness, said in a statement to ABCNews.com.

I'm not sure what's true, but I think it's a sin for the NFL to keep any of these cheerleaders at home. Any girl this hot deserves a ticket to New Orleans. If Lenz plays it right, I'm sure she could at least find her own ride via Craigslist; right?

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