Cheerleaders gone wild

SIMON FULLER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:29 PM ET

Raunchy pics of Blue Bomber cheerleaders circulating on the Internet aren't anything to get worked up about, says a local ethics professor.

Arthur Schafer, director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, said the provocative pictures of the Blue Lightning crew in various states of undress being made public is "really no big deal".

"The Bombers are trading in sex as part of entertainment," said Schafer. "What do the Bombers expect to see from their cheerleaders when they're happy to sell sex to their fans? They're holding a banner of hypocrisy."

A gallery of suggestively saucy snaps, apparently taken during the 2004 Grey Cup in Ottawa, have appeared on several websites this week.

In a statement on Sunday, Bomber officials said they did not authorize or endorse the pictures, which belonged to an ex-Blue Lightning cheerleader.

"The football club has addressed this matter with the entire organization, including the Blue Lightning, and will act accordingly," the statement reads.

Despite belonging to an ex-cheerleader, one picture appears to show current dance coach Dena Clark larking around on a hotel bed with other girls.

A member of the 2007 Blue Lightning, who asked not to be named, told the Winnipeg Sun the pictures were stolen from a computer owned by another cheerleader and never intended for public eyes.

Other images show women serving up a selection of their own special plays in skimpy underwear, bikinis -- even their own Blue and Gold uniforms.

A girl with long brown hair is naked, apart from hand-cupped breasts in one shot and seen mooning the camera on Ottawa's Parliament Hill in another.

Lucy Reveco, who choreographed the dance team between 1995 and 2002, said the girls are expected to abide by a strict code of conduct at all times.

"It is unfortunate that the recent poor choices of a few have now given the team a bad name," she said.


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