NBA Dancers Invoke Prophetic Promise In Face Of Termination
For 26 years the Silver Dancers have entertained fans of the NBA San Antonio Spurs. During time-outs and other breaks in basketball games the dance team enters the court with their gyrating moves and sexy outfits. Well, they used to. The dance team has recently been disbanded. The Spurs are going to replace them with a more family-friendly 'hype' team of acrobats, tumblers, stunt artists, etc.
The Spurs organization says they are making the move because of 'lack of interest.' But the Dancers aren't buying it. Brittney Davis, a former Silver Dancer says, "We have never lacked interest. Honestly, there are guys who would watch us instead of the game. They would use binoculars to get a better view of us. They would offer to take us home. If that ain't interest, I don't know what is."
In an atmosphere of cheerleading squads suing teams for sexual harassment and unfair expectations, the Spurs management apparently felt it was time to put away the sexually gratifying aspect of its entertainment experience. But the Dancers aren't taking it lying down.
Brittney sees her time with the organization as a legacy that should not be cut off. The Spurs may be able to call it quits on the suggestive dancing of beautiful models in front of beer-guzzling men, but that doesn't mean that God is done with their talents. A day after being told that her team would be terminated, Brittney posted a Bible verse (Jeremiah 29:11) to her instagram. "This was no surprise to God. He is still in charge. The Spurs may take our job away, but they can't touch our legacy. I know that all over San Antonio right now there are guys watching videos of us, making our swimsuit calendar photos into wallpaper, and wishing they could hit on us one more time."
(In full disclosure, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope," was written to enslaved Jews who were living in exile in a foreign land, most of whom would never return to their own land again. So the correlation between that context and the situation the Silver Dancers face is remarkable.)