Harbaugh Bowl: Baltimore Ravens Snubbing Cheerleader From Attending Super Bowl Is Pathetic

By Ben Grimaldi
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Courtney Lenz is a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and she’s getting jobbed out of a trip to the Super Bowl with the rest of her squad. Lenz has been cheering for the Ravens for five-years now and like Ray Lewis, has decided to retire. She announced her retirement right after the Ravens final regular season game and cheered in her last game when Baltimore defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.

Lenz believes the reason for the Super Bowl snub is because of her retirement. She recently told ABCnews.com about her shock over the news she received in an email over not being on the list of cheerleaders invited to attend the Super Bowl.

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

The Ravens responded to that by saying they are only allowed to invite 32 members of their squad and that Lenz did not make the list. Spokeswoman Heather Harness shed some light on the situation by saying the cheerleaders were selected based on “seniority, performance ability and personal conduct throughout the season.”

It’s fair to wonder whether retiring can be a negative in the “personal conduct” section of criteria? And how pathetic is it that the Ravens couldn’t even tell Lenz the news in person, they had to send it in an email. That is a sure sign you know you’re wrong.

The story gets even better, there is also a petition going around on Lenz’s behalf to get her to the Super Bowl. The petition has over 1,200 signatures on it, so it’s clear there are people rooting for Courtney Lenz to attend the big game.

I thought Christmas was over but it appears the Grinch is working overtime this year. I’m still trying to figure out why Lenz wasn’t one of the cheerleaders picked for the game? She’s been around for five years, so it’s obvious she’s been a good cheerleader and by the results of the petition, she has plenty of people who agree with that sentiment. And what better way to send her into retirement than by allowing her to cheer in the biggest game of her life?

Imagine if the Ravens had taken the same stance with Ray Lewis and not allowed him to play just because he announced he was retiring! The Ravens organization should do the right thing and allow Courtney Lenz to go to the Super Bowl and let here root on her Ravens.

The Super Bowl should be a time for great stories of triumph, not tales of the pathetic and spiteful. By not allowing a cheerleader to root for her team at the game, the Ravens are taking the risk of having fans of other teams ‘cheer’ for the San Francisco 49ers.

Let’s all hope the Ravens come to their senses and send Courtney Lenz out on top, cheering for her favorite team in New Orleans on Super Bowl Sunday.

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