They’ve got spirit… for lack of a better word.
The entire cheer team at Coastal Carolina University has been suspended due to a criminal investigation alleging that some members of the squad have worked as strippers and escorts.
According to a report obtained by The Sun News from the college, cheerleaders have been working at strip clubs and accepting between $100 and $1,500 per date to serve as escorts through a sugar daddy website.
The report states one cheerleader was offered $800 to escort a man to New York Prime steakhouse (high end!) — of course, the girls were flexible with their payment options, also accepting shoes, clothes, and designer purses.
Out of the 18 squad members, only 7 were unaware of the escort service reportedly going on behind the scenes.
The report does note, however, the cheerleaders would not engage in sexual favors. Though the investigation did find "evidence of an escort service" that ran through the website seekingarrangement.com.
Text messages between the girls advised cheerleaders working at strip clubs — including Thee DollHouse — to quit their jobs until after the national cheerleading competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. Priorities!
Amy Lawrence, the attorney representing five of the squad members, called the suspension "unprecedented" in a statement, writing:
"I am shocked and saddened to see these girls become victims of these baseless claims from an anonymous source. Even more disheartening is that these girls were not permitted due process in their own defense to show just how outlandish and ridiculous these allegations truly are."
The investigation came after an explosive letter was anonymously mailed to the office of CCU President David DeCenzo alleging that the squad members were engaging in prostitution, stripping, and underage drinking.
The letter, signed by "a concerned parent," claimed cheerleaders were not "accepted" into the team unless they took part in the illegal behavior, and "several girls" quit the team "due to these disgusting issues."
While the team is suspended from cheering, members are still permitted to attend class. Hopefully, at least one of them is taking Law 101 this semester!