If you saw the Thanksgiving game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins, then surely you saw tight end Jason Witten tackle cheerleader Melissa Kellerman on the sidelines. Video of the incident had gone viral (which you can see below), but what has happened since then leaves me a bit baffled.
As Kellerman was cheering on the sidelines during Thursday’s game, her back was to the field and did not see Witten as he came barreling towards her, so she obviously could not get out of the way. The next day she took to her Twitter page (@MelissaRae) and tweeted about the incident:
“I’m not the best at Jason Witten trust falls ;)”
“Not hurtin’ today, like some of y’all thought I would be! Our TE isn’t as tough as he looks… That or I’m WAY tougher than I look. ;)”
Okay, so no big deal, right? Apparently the Cowboys organization didn’t like what she tweeted. According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, he reported that the Cowboys forced Kellerman off of Twitter, and her account can no longer be found. Rovell said:
“Shame on the Cowboys for pulling cheerleader @MelissaRae off Twitter. Not allowing these girls to capitalize is criminal. If Cowboys don’t trust the cheerleaders to speak for themselves, why do they even interview them for the squad?”
Reps for the Dallas Cowboys have not commented on the situation. More than likely they won’t.
I don’t understand why the powers that be felt that it was necessary that she delete her Twitter account. Were her comments offensive? No. Were they derogatory in nature towards the Cowboys organization? No. It was a joke. She has a sense of humor. She has to be disciplined because of it? Come on Jerry, give her her account back. This is ridiculous.
Check out the video of Jason Witten tackling cheerleader Melissa Kellerman below.