Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader Kelsey Williams has responded to a blogger who questioned if she was “too chunky.”
In a Wednesday interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Williams chastised the CBS Houston blogger who wrote under the pseudonym “Claire Crawford” for the insensitive remarks. The post was quickly deleted and the writer, who has been identified as Anna-Megan Raley in several published reports, has been fired, a spokeswoman for the network told the New York Daily News. CBS hasn't confirm if it was indeed Raley.
"The Rockets looked terrible in Game 1, but some say they weren't the only bad-looking people on the court," Crawford wrote for Houston’s SportsRadio 610, adding that Oklahoma City fans had been critical of Williams for “having ‘pudginess’ around her waistline.”
The size 4 NBA cheerleader said her “heart sank” when she read the blog written April 22 after the first-round playoff game between the Thunder and the Houston Rockets.
"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," said Williams who recounted her reaction to GMA's Bianna Golodryga. "Shame on you."
Although Crawford eventually referred to Williams as a “pretty blonde,” adding that “we think she’s beautiful,” the damage had already been done. The lengthy blog also contained a poll in which readers were asked if Williams was “too chunky” to be a cheerleader.
Williams rejected the criticism, claiming that she diets and exercises three to four hours a day to maintain her physique.
"I have always had more of an athletic build, different than the slender ballerina that some people may think of as a dancer, and that's just not me," she said.
The cheerleader broke down in tears while discussing her family's reaction. "They are just equally upset," she said. "They think I am beautiful and they love me, so I think they were hurt too."
Still, Williams refused to let the blogger’s comments change her positive outlook.
"I have so much love in me," she said. "Sending hate her way would do nothing … what's done is done. I'm just going to keep my chin up."