Skip to comments.Former ETSU cheerleader says she was kicked off squad for being Hooters Girl
Posted on 02/01/2006 3:43:36 AM PST by don-o
JOHNSON CITY - A former East Tennessee State University cheerleader contends that she was dismissed from the squad because of her job at a restaurant known for tight-fitting, scanty uniforms.
"I'm 18. I should be able to work where I choose," ETSU freshman Kimberly Sams said of her job at Johnson City's Hooters Restaurant. "Maybe if it was a strip club or something like that, it would be different. If the basketball team can come in here and eat, then I should be able to work (at Hooters)."
Sams, a Carter County resident who graduated with honors from Unaka High School last May, joined the ETSU squad at the start of the fall semester and started working at Hooters in November.
She cheered until about three weeks ago, when squad coach Tammy Bartow called her into the locker room after a basketball game and dismissed her.
Sams said Bartow, wife of head men's basketball coach Murry Bartow, made it clear that her off-campus job was the reason - a "Hooters Girl" was not in keeping with the ETSU squad's image.
"She (Bartow) didn't call me before the game," Sams said. "I had no warning that I was going to be kicked off."
Citing federal laws regarding students' privacy, ETSU Athletic Director Dave Mullins declined to comment on the specifics of Sams' dismissal, including whether she was dismissed because of her job, other than to say she violated athletic department policies and agreements between coach and student.
Mullins said department administrators reviewed Bartow's action, departmental policy and squad agreements before upholding the decision.
ETSU asks all student-athletes, including cheerleaders, to sign copies of the department's policy on ethical conduct and sportsmanship. Students must sign a compliance statement regarding such issues as drug use, class attendance and public criticism.
The statement specifies that students will "represent self, family and East Tennessee State University in attitude and conduct that is a credit to each."
Mullins said members of each team also are expected to adhere to policies set by the coach. Bartow's policy includes statements regarding expected behavior for cheerleaders.
"Behavior by a squad member that brings unwanted, unfair, negative attention to the squad can and will result in the member being removed from the squad," the policy reads. "The image and reputation of the squad members as a whole are the utmost importance."
Asked whether the policies addressed what kinds of jobs students could hold or places they could frequent, Mullins said they did not.
"I don't think any of our policies are going to specify certain individuals or companies or institutions," he said.
Sams said ETSU never informed her of any restrictions about places of employment, and she had no reservations about accepting a position waiting tables at Hooters when a classmate suggested that she apply.
"I used to come here all the time on Tuesday nights for karaoke and me and my friends would just come in and hang out," Sams said. "We have little boys have their birthday parties at Hooters. It's a very fun and relaxed environment.
"It's so much fun that it keeps my spirits up at school. I'm not stressed. I'm not working too hard. A Hooters Girl is like an all-American cheerleader."
Sams acknowledged that her Hooters uniform - orange shorts and a white T-shirt containing the restaurant's logo - is revealing.
"But so is my cheerleading skirt. I feel more embarrassed to wear my skirt sometimes at the games than I do walking around in my uniform," she said. "We wear pantyhose (at Hooters). We don't underneath my cheerleading skirt."
Mike McNeil, vice president of marketing for the Atlanta-based restaurant chain, said he had not heard about Sams' dismissal from the ETSU squad prior to a reporter's inquiry, but it sounded as if Sams was defending her position on her own.
"We support the employee and the statements she's making," McNeil said. "I think the best thing they (ETSU) can do is reinstate her to the cheerleading team ... otherwise, it's a black eye."
Sams said although she initially did well in her classes at ETSU, her grades went south over the course of the semester and she wound up failing some classes. Cheerleaders are required to maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average. Sams said freshmen, however, were not held to that standard, and her grades were not cited in her dismissal.
Sams said she had hoped to bring up her grades this semester, but her academic status was in limbo because of a dispute regarding the return of her uniforms and money owed her for warm-up gear.
"The food is horrendous and the girls are skanks for working there."
Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!
So sorry... but a silver ain't bad at all :~D
It ain't a den of iniquity, but come now, there's no reason at all to go into a Hooter's other than to enjoy glimpes of/flirting with scantily-clad waitresses. You can get better wings at a supermarket, and Sully's Bar and Tap across the street pours a better beer . . . it just doesn't have the eye candy.
I'm no prude at all, as my FR posts suggest. But whenever I see a mom & pop family with kids in tow going into a Hooter's, I say to myself "looks like dad chose the restaurant tonight."
I know. It's that darned ego thingy again! ;^)
Don't post that image here again.
The effin' double standard just gets annoying.
Hooters is family,
but you don't dare breastfeed there.
You can show nekkid pictures of women,
and you're just having fun....
Show a hunky guy in jeans and you get cat called down
with "He's GAY!"
I'm older and effin' tired.
Damn, who needs time travel.
That's a hell of a business idea. Would kielbasa, polish sausage, bratworst, etc., be on the menu?
Operation Calendar Drop Sending Hooters Cheer to the Troops for the Holidays
Over 20,000 Hooters Calendars were signed by Hooters customers, sealed by the managers and delivered to service personnel overseas during the Holidays. During the month of December, Operation Calendar Drop gave customers a chance to send a message of appreciation and a Hooters Calendar to an unknown man or woman of the armed forces that would be spending their holiday in less than desirable conditions.
"The Marines at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq were truly happy to receive the calendars that Hooters sent," stated USMC Major Bob Nash. "It was motivating to see hundreds of your patrons and staff generously reach out, wish the Marines well during the holidays, and let us know that folks all across the USA are praying for our safe return home; and the calendars are outstanding!"
Every Hooters location was designated a specific military base overseas to ship these boxes to, in an effort to boost morale and make the holidays as cheerful as possible while the troops were away from their friends and families in the United States. This is the second year Hooters has run this promotion and it continues to gain support
"The reception from the military and the customers during this promotion has been incredible," stated Alexis Aleshire, marketing assistant for Hooters of America. "I have received many letters from various bases thanking the stores and customers for their time and thoughts during the holidays."
No, just vienna sausages.
Hey, if I was away in Iraq, fighting a war during Christmas, the one thing I would wish for is a Hooter's calendar! To heck with food and toiletries, a calendar is all I need.
Not bad---that way, a guy could eat there without any "envy" issues.
The Marine Corps Major agrees with you.
Done and done! Head up to Ocean City, MD!
And when they go into "Lettuce Surprise You" do you equally surmise Mom picked the joint?
There are issues of individual rights and governmental intrusion - but, I guess wallowing in the gutter is easier to deal with.
Hooters Donates $225,000 to the American Red Cross and Katrina Relief Fund
After Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Gulf Coast in September, Hooters reacted in various ways to raise money for the American Red Cross and Katrina Relief Fund. Between an auction of a foursome with John Daly, local fundraising events and the sales of Hooters Hope Cards in Hooters locations across the US, Hooters raised a total of $225,000 for the effort.
And I'm sure he meant every word of it.
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