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These NFL 'entertainers' deserve a second chance

Posted: Thursday November 10, 2005 10:16AM; Updated: Thursday November 10, 2005 11:03AM
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I am appalled. Outraged. Dismayed. A complete miscarriage of justice has taken place in the NFL and something needs to be done about it.

In case you haven't heard -- and that's doubtful since I'm sure most of you have been searching the 'net for the video all week -- two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested in Tampa early Sunday morning after allegedly having sex in a bar bathroom (which they've denied) and then getting into a fight with patrons.

But these actions are not the problem. While the pair used poor judgment by getting into a physical altercation (I'm pretty sure that was their only mistake), the travesty of the situation is that they were fired by the Panthers on Monday for violating a code of conduct. And nobody seems to care. Well, somebody has to stick up for the cheerleaders. Somebody has to take up their cause, so allow me.

Yes, Angela Keathley and Renee Thomas embarrassed the franchise, but if we're being totally honest, they also made a lot of people interested in the Carolina Panthers. But more important than that, the NFL is filled -- no, it's overflowing -- with people who have gotten second, third and fourth chances. And the Panthers more than most teams seem to have a history of having bad seeds on their teams.

But as soon as you have an incident that combines "sex" and "two women" all hell breaks loose and people lose their jobs? Come on. The overreaction is absurd. No NFL team has ever acted so quickly and strongly to a controversy. But the cheerleaders are easy targets. I mean, all these poor girls ever wanted to do was shake their pom-poms -- no pun intended -- and entertain the fans. But they screwed up and are paying a harsh price. Everyone deserves a second chance, especially those associated with the NFL. I say, bring back Angela and Renee!