The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most iconic franchises in American sports. Known as “America’s Team,” Jerry Jones’ club likes to do everything bigger and better. Jones is never afraid to throw around huge money to prove that his team is the best.

The Cowboys are also known for the world-famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The group even became the subject of a popular reality show. They’re as much a part of the brand as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.

Several members of the Cowboys cheerleading squad came forward with some pretty serious accusations. They accused Cowboys SVP of public relations and communications, Richard Dalrymple, secretly taking video of the cheerleaders as they got dressed in their locker room in 2015. The Cowboys have now settled with the women who made those allegations, according to ESPN‘s Don Van Natta.

“Each of the women received $399,523.27 after the incident. One of the cheerleaders alleged that she clearly saw Richard Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ longtime senior vice president for public relations and communications, standing behind a partial wall in their locker room with his iPhone extended toward them while they were changing their clothes, according to several people with knowledge of the events and letters later sent by attorneys for the cheerleaders to the team. Dalrymple gained entry to the back door of the cheerleaders’ locked dressing room by using a security key card.”


It was a major black eye for the organization. It comes as no surprise that ownership wanted to settle rather than see a protracted and very public court battle. Dalrymple remained with the team even after the settlement, retiring on February 2.

The scandal comes among several that have shaken the NFL recently. A sexual assault allegation involving the Washington Commanders brought a $10 million fine and tons of bad press. The Raiders had to part with coach Jon Gruden after racist emails were leaked. Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to have a lot of work to do to clean up what is becoming a widespread front office problem in the NFL.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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