Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Are Smart Enough to Tweet

Dallas Cowboys CheerleaderDisclaimer: I have always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. From the first time I saw them on the field, I knew it was my destiny to kick along with them. Alas, my life went in other directions, but I still get pangs of longing each week when I watch CMT's Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and imagine what might have been ...

So this whole business about the tackling incident of cheerleader Melissa Kellerman by the Cowboy's tight end, Jason Witten, has me a little concerned. Oh not the incident itself; that was pretty cute, even though it looked like he did it on purpose. It's what's happened since that has my (imagined) pom poms in a twist.

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After the incident, Kellerman posted some good-natured tweets:

Nothing hurtin' today, like some of y'all thought I would be! Our TE isn't as tough as he looks...That or I'm WAY tougher than I look

and

I'm not the best at Jason Witten trust falls.

Funny, and light-hearted, right? Well, something about them rubbed the team's leaders the wrong way, and according to reports, Kellerman was then supposedly forced to delete her Twitter account.

If the tweets had been negative against the organization, that would have been one thing. Many employers have rules regarding tweeting (no giving away company secrets, bashing your boss, etc.), but they typically just ask employees to use good judgement in using all social media. So are the Cowboys saying that cheerleaders don't have any good sense? Taking away Kellerman's right to tweet just  reinforces every negative, air-headed stereotype about cheerleading out there.

In essence, it's the like them saying, sorry, our girls just aren't smart enough to think/tweet for themselves. Can you imagine a football player being banned from Tweeting for no major offense? Didn't think so, and a cheerleader shouldn't be silenced either.  If for no other reason, the team and the NFL should realize it just makes them and football in general look the worst. As Chris Chase at Yahoo! Sports points out:

It's alright when the team controls the message but not when a cheerleader begins to get a following and has the stage to herself? This should have been a win-win for everyone involved. Witten looked chivalrous when he helped up Kellerman, she became endearing with her laughter and positive attitude. Both the franchise and the cheerleaders looked good after this. Now, only Kellerman does.

The Twitterverse isn't very happy about it either -- @BringBakMelissa has people chiming in that a red flag should be thrown, and that it was a ridiculous move. Neither the Cowboys nor the NFL has addressed the reports, but hopefully they will soon -- with news that cheerleaders are indeed free to Tweet.

Do you think there's any reason Melissa Kellerman should have been made to delete her Twitter account?


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