ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - The director of the Buffalo Jills is speaking out about a lawsuit filed by five former Buffalo Jills. Last month, the former cheerleaders filed a suit against their management company, Stejon Production Corporation, and the Buffalo Bills organization.
Jills Director Stephanie Mateczun made the decision to suspend Jills activities last month, and Wednesday released more information.
Mateczun said, in a prepared statement, “It was only after serious and thoughtful consideration, consultation with my attorneys, and with the best interests of the women who are members of the squad in mind, that the decision was made to suspend all activities for the Jills until this legal matter can be resolved.”
Mateczun’s attorney Dennis C. Vacco also released a statement Wednesday, claiming the Bills offered to pay the Jills to participate in draft day events and supplement their pay for the 2014 NFL season, but withdrew the commitment to fund the squad after the lawsuit was filed. Vacco says the Jills activities are suspended until the pending lawsuit filed by former cheerleaders is resolved.
Vacco’s prepared statement says in part, “While much has been said about how the Jills were compensated, there was an extensive list of benefits given to the members of the squad that included free surgical procedures, free gym memberships, free tanning memberships, and free tickets and parking to all Buffalo Bills home games.”
Mateczun said people are waging attacks against her and her company because they are drawing conclusions without having all the facts.
“It has also been incredibly disappointing to see the complete lack of accountability on the part of the Buffalo Bills organization as it relates to this complaint,” said Mateczun.
Mateczun’s statement reads in part, “The Buffalo Bills own the trademark for the Jills; they control the field and everything that happens on that field, from the uniforms the cheerleaders wear to the dances they perform. Yet the organization appears content to attempt to wash their hands of any connection to their own cheerleading squad. The Buffalo Bills management operates a football team valued by some at nearly $900 million. If people believe they don’t maintain influence and control over every part of their operation, including their cheerleaders, they are mistaken.”