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Foul! Critique of OKC Thunder cheerleader goes too far

A female writer at a sports radio station website in Houston criticized an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader as being too chunky. She writes, "We're not trying to be ugly. We are just discussing what men like in women, specifically NBA cheerleaders." (OKC Thunder photo from

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As the Oklahoma City Thunder hits the court for the NBA playoffs, there aren’t many in Seattle who wish them well. There might be a few here who would rush to the defense of an OKC Thunder cheerleader.

A CBS Radio station in Houston thought it was clever or edgy, or whatever people in radio are trying to be, to post the picture on their website (above) of one of the team’s cheerleaders.

It features a beautiful young woman, Kelsey Williams, with a critique and the headline “Is this girl too chunky to be an OKC Thunder cheerleader?”

A writer for the site went a step further by posting an online poll with the following choices:

“She has the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader”

“She could use some tightening up in her midsection”

“She has no business wearing that outfit in front of people”

The author of the story is a woman, Claire Crawford who says, “We’re not trying to be ugly. We are just discussing what men like in women, specifically NBA cheerleaders.”

The article claims the cheerleader in question “has been criticized for having ‘pudginess’ around her waistline.” It also says, “If she’s comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her.”

Before being pulled from the website, the article was edited to remove the poll and add the line, “We think she’s beautiful, what do you think?”

Crawford has since deleted her Twitter account “JustDareClaire” however her image is available in a Facebook search.

Kelsey, the allegedly “pudgy” cheerleader, is a third year veteran of the OKC Thunder Girls.

Meanwhile, OKC and Sonics veteran Kevin Durant is on the cover of Sports Illustrated with an interesting quote:

“I’ve been second my whole life.

I was the second best player in high school.

I was the second pick in the draft.

I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times.

I came in second in the finals.

I’m tired of being second…I’m one with it.”

Maybe this is Durant’s year to be Number 1.

Will this be the year Seattle gets an NBA team?

The NBA now says the relocation/finance committee will meet Monday to review the deals presented by both Sacramento and Seattle investors.

Bryan Stevens, spokesperson for Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development, tells KING 5’s Chris Daniels a Master Use Permit for the Seattle Arena project will be filed next week, on April 30.

Stevens calls that a “major milestone” in the process of building a sports arena in Seattle.


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