"Still can't believe I'm one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!"
Male cheerleaders will dance for t
he Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints squads for the first time this season.
"Still can't believe I'm one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!" Jinnies tweeted after making the cut.
Still can’t belive I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader! Everyone’s support and love has been insane! thank you and GO RAMS! @RamsNFL @LARamsCheer #LARams pic.twitter.com/srpkYiVmEI— Napoleon Jinnies (@NapoleonJinnies) March 27, 2018
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He told the local CNN affiliate that his mom sent him a link with their story.
"She told me it was my time to shine," he said in a video posted before his final audition. "The process has been great, everyone has been really nice to me and I can't wait to see where this goes."
NFL cheerleading squads have been accused of objectifying women to the point of abuse. And some feminists see cheerleading in general as sexist. It remains to be seen how adding men to the mix will affect the dynamics.
The NFL is introducing male cheerleaders. They really know how to appeal to their fan base.— the Cult of Mike (@elvisknievil) August 7, 2018