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August 20, 2001
Who needs the Gold Club when you have the visitors' locker room at the Vet? Last week two former Eagles cheerleaders filed suit against 23 NFL teams, accusing players of spying on the dancers. Here are key passages from that suit. The NFL declined to comment.
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August 20, 2001

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Who needs the Gold Club when you have the visitors' locker room at the Vet? Last week two former Eagles cheerleaders filed suit against 23 NFL teams, accusing players of spying on the dancers. Here are key passages from that suit. The NFL declined to comment.

Since at least as far back as the mid-1980s...players and other employees of visiting football teams opposing the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium have engaged in a practice of peeping into the locker room utilized by the Eagles' cheerleaders, including plaintiffs, for dressing into their uniforms prior to the games, and then showering and dressing into street clothes after the games.

The visiting players and other persons obtained such visual access through holes in the walls, cracks between doors and the walls, and a window that has been painted but from time to time had parts that were transparent, or were rendered transparent by the players or employees of defendants.

It was common knowledge among virtually the entire National Football League—while at the same time a carefully guarded secret to be known only to the players and other team employees—that these conditions existed. Accordingly, it was a routine practice [for] visiting players and team employees to peep into the cheerleaders' room while visiting for a game. These players viewed the Eagles' cheerleaders, including each of the plaintiffs, in various stages of undress, including in complete nudity when showering, preparing for showering, or returning from showering.

This ability to peer into the cheerleaders' locker room, and to view them in these states of undress, was considered one of the special "perks" of being a visiting team of the Eagles.

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