Packers, Fans Support Belittled Cheerleader

Bears fan page posted an apology after a Packers cheerleader was targeted

Friday, Feb 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:30 AM CDT
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Packers, Fans Support Belittled Cheerleader

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The Bears and Packers have a decades-old rivalry, but this week it was targeted at a Green Bay cheerleader on Facebook.

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The Green Bay Packers are urging fans to stand behind a cheerleader who was targeted on a Chicago Bears Facebook fan page.

As a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student, Kaitlyn Collins has previously cheered for the Packers, who use college cheerleaders on game days. Earlier this week a photo of Collins was posted on an unofficial Bears' fan page with a disparaging note. Belittling comments about Collins followed.

Collins responded on her Facebook page when she learned of the insults. "Wow. Being bullied via Facebook. I may not look like a super model, but to call me ugly …”

Collins told a local news station a lot of the comments were very hurtful. She and her friends contacted Facebook to have the post removed. Hundreds of messages of support poured in. The Bears fan page posted an apology.

The Green Bay Packers issued a statement calling the online commentary "extremely offensive," expressed support for Collins and urged others to do the same.

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