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More Cheerleaders to Sue Eagles

March 1, 2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ More than 100 former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders will join a lawsuit against 29 NFL teams, charging that visiting players peeped on them in a Veterans Stadium locker room, their lawyer said.

The suit, filed in state court in Philadelphia, now has 44 plaintiffs but will be expanded for a second time next week, said lawyer Michael J. McKenna of Cherry Hill, N.J.

McKenna said that 117 women have contacted him, all but 10 of whom have returned signed documents indicating they will participate in the suit.

``Many had not heard about the suit until the (news) coverage,″ McKenna said Friday.

The suit alleges that the players spied on the women as they showered and changed, looking through holes in a door and cracks in walls that separates the visitors’ and cheerleaders’ locker rooms, and through scratches in a painted window.

Jonathan Dryer, an attorney who represents most of the teams, declined comment Friday. A spokesman at NFL headquarters in New York also declined comment.

The suit alleges that the activity took place between 1983 and this year and that it was common knowledge among many players.

The ``ability to peer into the cheerleaders’ locker room, and to view them in (various) states of undress, was considered one of the special ‘perks’ of being a visiting team of the Eagles,″ the suit said.

``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 of the (visiting) teams _ that these conditions existed,″ the suit states.

The Eagles’ organization is not listed as a defendant, in part because its players presumably did not use the visitors’ locker room.

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On the Net:

Philadelphia Eagles: http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com

Cheerleaders’ lawsuit: http://www.digitmedia.com/mckenna

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