ABC News’ Anna Wild reports:
An Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader has some strong words for the female blogger who criticized her figure and posted a poll asking whether she was “too chunky” to cheer.
“Shame on you. I mean you are a woman … you know exactly what we all go through on a daily basis just being a woman,” Kelsey Williams said. “Shame on you.”
Speaking to ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga on “Good Morning America,” today Williams, an Oklahoma City native, said her “heart sank” when she read what the CBS Houston sports blogger writing under the name “Claire Crawford” wrote on April 22 after seeing her cheer at a first-round NBA playoffs game between the Thunder and the Houston Rockets.
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“The Rockets looked terrible in Game 1, but some say they weren’t the only bad-looking people on the court,” Crawford wrote on Houston’s SportsRadio 610, also noting that Oklahoma City fans had criticized Williams for “having ‘pudginess’ around her waistline.”
Crawford conceded Williams was a “pretty blonde” and concluded her post by writing, “We think she’s beautiful,” but her blog drew criticism nonetheless. The six-paragraph article also included a poll asking readers if “this chick is ‘too chunky’ to be a cheerleader.”
Voters could choose that Williams either had “the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader,” “she could use some tightening up in her midsection,” or, “she has no business wearing that outfit in front of people.”
Williams told Golodryga that she eats right and works out three to four hours daily to meet the requirements for being a professional cheerleader, but she added that she embraces her body.
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Williams said she wears a size 4.
“I have always had more of an athletic build, different than the slender ballerina that some people may think of as a...