The era of cheerleaders in sports, women with beautiful faces and attractive bodies dancing during the idle times, is beginning to disappear, in the name of mixed shows aimed at the whole family.
The NBA basketball team, San Antonio Spurs, became the first franchise to eliminate their team of cheerleaders, the Silver Dancers. This group, running for 26 years, will be replaced immediately by "a mixed group of entertainment with shows for the whole family," according to the team.
"Spurs Sports & Entertainment will have a 35-member team at the beginning of 2018-2019 that will elevate the gaming experience and enliven the audience with unique shows for the whole family that will include acrobatics and dancing," the franchise explained.
The decision comes after a series of allegations of sexual abuse in sports that were an example of those that began in Hollywood against producer Harvey Wenstein and that has become a movement called Me Too.
As background in the sport is the complaint presented by the New York Times, which revealed that during a trip to Costa Rica in 2013 the Wasington Redskins cheerleaders were forced to pose nude or with their body painted for a photo shoot with several sponsors present in the place. Or also the complaints filed by the cheerleaders of the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins for discrimination.
However, some US media have indicated that the decision of the team was due to the little interest that the public has shown in this type of shows.
The members of the group founded in 1991 expressed their sadness when they heard the news, and did not hesitate to describe their passage through the Silver Dancers as a very important phase in their lives.
They also received support from their followers, who sent requests to their social networks so they would not be eliminated as part of the show and what they mean to the best basketball in the world.
This first step that the San Antonio Spurs gave could be replicated in the short term by other NBA teams and the professional American sport that prefer to be safe than sorry.
I appreciated all the hard work the silver dancers did to preform for the fans and this year’s group is the first that I was able to get all their autographs! So sorry and it will be missed. pic.twitter.com/NW7VobUkKW— Albert Gonzales Jr (@algonzalesjr) 20 de mayo de 2018
I am truly heartbroken and at a loss for words for an organization I held so dear to my heart. This year is one I will never forget. The legacy we left will live on forever. Love my girls🖤 #jeremiah29:11 pic.twitter.com/TPSd8Z6WYi— Alexis Bonilla (@lexbonilla2) 19 de mayo de 2018
@Spurs PLEASE keep the @SilverDancers!! They’re incredible and hardworking and everyone loves them! I had the pleasure of meeting them in person and know this for a fact!! 🙏🙏🙏🖤🖤🖤 @erikadeanne_ @lexuuuuh @desireedalilah @leah_alonzo @katelyn__elise https://t.co/xFgVWXX9fM pic.twitter.com/hemQ122KYg— John R1chard (@JohnnyS7ORM) 19 de mayo de 2018
CRUSHED to hear that the @SilverDancers are no more. There goes my life long dream! My 4 yr old’s “best friends” & role models. I really don’t want to break her heart in the am. She was so looking forward to Jr Dancer camp next year! Totally the wrong move. #bringthemback— Shelly Davis (@ShellyDavis05) 19 de mayo de 2018