The Dallas Cowboys have found themselves in some hot water as a result of an alleged settlement they reportedly paid to their iconic cheerleaders.
Don Van Natta Jr. released a report Wednesday that claims the Cowboys paid $2.4 million in 2015 to four cheerleaders for accusing a top official of voyeurism. Each cheerleader received $400,000.
According to the report, one cheerleader claimed that she saw Richard Dalrymple, Cowboys senior vice-president for public relations and communications standing behind a wall in their locker area. While they were changing their clothes, he had his iPhone out in front of them.
Dalrymple stated that he entered the locker area not knowing that cheerleaders were there, and that he left immediately. He stated in a statement that the cheerleaders’ allegations and a separate allegation that Dalrymple took upskirt photos of a female Cowboys executive in 2015 are false.
Dalrymple stated that “people who know me, colleagues, media, and co-workers, know who and what I am.” via ESPN. I am aware of the seriousness of these accusations and don’t take them lightly. However, the accusations are false. Both were accidental. The other was not possible. All allegations were thoroughly investigated many years ago and I fully cooperated.”
The Cowboys claim that they have conducted internal investigations into the allegations. Jim Wilkinson, Cowboys communications consultant, stated to ESPN that Dalrymple would have been fired if they found any wrongdoing.
After 32 years working with Jerry Jones, Dalrymple announced his retirement.
A non-disclosure agreement was also included in the settlement between the Cowboys, cheerleaders, and the Cowboys.