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Saints dance squad to have its first male dancer

August 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have added a man to their dance squad for the first time, only months after the Los Angeles Rams made a similar move.

The Advocate reports that Jesse Hernandez learned Friday that he’s made the 34-person squad called the Saintsations.

The 25-year-old Hernandez is a dance teacher from Maurice, Louisiana.

Hernandez’s addition to the Saintsations comes after a fired member of the dance squad accused the Saints of discrimination against women in a complaint filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Men have participated in more traditional NFL cheer squads in the past, including with the Saints. But until lately, modern NFL dance squads were comprised only of women.

In March, the Los Angeles Rams announced they had named two men to their dance squad.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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