FOXBORO - A New England Patriots cheerleader and a former cheerleader for the Foxboro High School Warriors received her walking papers Tuesday, reportedly after online photos showed her posed over an unconscious young man with swastikas and other vulgar phrases and images scrawled all over him.
Caitlin Davis, 19, was the Patriots' youngest cheerleader ever when she made the squad after tryouts last spring.
Now, she's been fired mid-way through her first season, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Wednesday.
James declined to say why Davis was fired.
One photo shows Davis on a futon next to an unidentified male who is lying covered in vulgar synonyms for sexual organs, and a swastika on his neck. Another photo shows Davis and an unidentified female friend holding Sharpie marking pens while sitting over him.
The daughter of Tim and Claire Davis of McKenzie Lane, Davis is a 2008 graduate of Foxboro High School. She was a cheerleader for the Warriors during her high school days.
The Davises could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
However, deadspin.com reported Wednesday that Caitlin Davis told one of its writers via e-mail that the photos were "taken out of context" and claimed that "she didn't draw anything on the individual."
A freshman at Johnson & Wales University, Davis told The Sun Chronicle last spring that she was drawn to the Patriots cheerleading squad partly because cheerleaders are required to perform community service.
"That's what I did growing up with my church youth group," she said, recalling helping charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity and food pantries with the Mansfield Church of Christ.
"In addition to spreading a good image for the Patriots, you do some good things for others," she said.