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Michaele Salahi lied about being an NFL cheerleader?

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Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 15:57 [IST]

Washington (ANI): Michaele Salahi, the Real Housewives of D.C. star, allegedly lied about her past as a Washington Redskins cheerleader. In Thursday's episode of the Bravo reality show, Salahi joins the 'first ladies of football' to rehearse ahead of an alumni performance.

But her inability to perform a routine – and the fact that no one seemed to remember her – raised eyebrows, reports People mag. According to a Washington Post report published in December after the episode taped, several former cheerleaders tried to learn more about Salahi's experience with the team.

"She was never at an audition, never at a game and never performed," former cheerleader and choreographer Sheryl Olecheck said. "When I saw her, I had to ask around: ''Who is that?"" she said.

Terri Lamb, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Alumni Association President, was more decisive. "We have no record that she ever was a Redskins cheerleader," Terri said. "She was listed on our 1991 roster at Ms. Salahi's request and based on her misrepresentation to us," she said.

However, Salahi said that she was indeed a cheerleader – just not in 1991. Salahi said she didn't want her real age – she's 44 – to be revealed. "I said I'm not interested in cheering with the alumni because then my real age will be out.

"You don't become a part of the NFL – and with cheering – just because you think you're cute and you go out there. Someone has to authorize you to get in.Was I a part of the '90s? Was that my idea? No. It was [Terri] Lamb's. [Now] I think she's worried about the repercussions of her job – and I get it," Salahi said.

But Salahi says she's been a Redskins cheerleading alumni member in good standing for years. "Since 2004 I've been paying dues," she says, "[and been] a part of the [alumni] association."

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