You all remember Sarah Jones, don’t you? She’s the former Ben-Gal cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals who was accused, several years ago, by a website of getting or giving STDs to members of the team. She sued the site, won millions of dollars (which she has not been able to collect from what I understand) and then suddenly resigned her “day job” as a high school teacher last fall. This spring she was charged with having sex with one of her underage male students. Next up is her trial, but that could be postponed as it looks like the local police have MORE than done their job this time.
According to Fox 19 the defense just received the pile of evidence the prosecutor has at his disposal, including “. . a DVD which contains some 9,500 pages. In addition, there are 9,000 pages of Facebook material, 5,000 pages of pictures from a photo website called “Shutterfly”, 4,000 pages of phone records, 500 pages of bank records, 200 pages of Twitter correspondence, an unspecified hundreds of pages of emails, and 1,000 text messages.” Holy crap! Either these guys just copied the entire Internet just for fun, or Ms. Jones has some explaining to do.
So for, Jones (and her mother Cheryl, a middle school principal accused of tampering with a witness) has plead not guilty to the charges, while the family of the “victim” in this case say they are supportive and really don’t want to press charges. So . . . if nothing happened, why are they being supportive?
You gotta give credit to the guys at The Bleacher Report: they come up with some great ideas for stories. Forget just covering the boring, but visually interesting, tryouts for NFL cheerleading squads! Let’s just go right to the pictures.
For those of you not keeping score at home, Sarah Jones is a captain on the Ben-Gals cheerleading squad who sued a website called TheDirty a few years ago for falsely posting a story saying she was having sex with Cincinnati Bengals players and got an STD as a result. She sued, got a huge judgement, but hasn’t been able to collect yet.
In the mean time, she got married (9 months ago) and continued at her full time job as a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Kentucky. Then, suddenly last fall she resigned her job amidst rumors of an affair with a male student. Just recently a grand jury indicted her on first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities charges. Oh yea, and her mother was also indicted for tampering with evidence.
Now, Jones and her ma have plead not guilty to the charges, the teens family say they support her and don’t want to press charges (but if she’s not guilty, and nothing happened between the two of them, why do they need to support her?) and her unhappy hubby, Nathan Wilburn, has filed for an annulment. He has claimed that the marriage should be annulled, rather than a divorce because “it was never consummated.” After nine months? Yeah, we’d say there was something wrong here.
They never tire of doing the tough stories none of the rest of us want to touch. Like the 10 Best Cheerleader Bloopers in NFL History. Not just from last season, but in the entire history of the NFL. They must have looked at hours and hours of footage over weeks. But if they hadn’t we wouldn’t have this report, would we?
Yes, CNBC, the cable channel and website dedicated to business issues. And, occasionally stories about the porn industry. But ranking NFL cheerleaders? We’re sure they did this scientifically, but shouldn’t that kind of in-depth reporting be left to sites like DeadSpin.com?