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Buffalo Jills suspend all activities in wake of lawsuit

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WESTERN NEW YORK — The Buffalo Jills director announced Thursday that all activities would be suspended until further notice.

That comes just days after five former cheerleaders filed a civil complaint against the Bills, Jills management company Stejon Productions, along with former management Citadel Communications.

The Jills director Stephanie Mateczun declined to comment further.

Those involved in the complaint have a mixed reaction.

"We were disappointed by the suspension of Jills activities, but certainly not disappointed by the cessation of the current management of the Jills," said attorney Frank Dolce of Dolce and Panepinto.

Even though it’s the offseason, the former Jills involved in the complaint say this was an active time for the team.

"This was definitely a time for getting to know the new girls and practicing, getting to know each other and just really understanding what being a Jill is all about," said plaintiff Alyssa U.

These former Jills said since the legal action was announced, they've received positive feedback from other teams’ squads, including the Indianapolis Colts.

"We were shocked but pleased that a cheerleading squad would be treated fairly economically and with the respect, they were provided with their own security," said Dolce.

However, some other former Jills haven't been so positive, with some criticizing the move through social media. The plaintiffs say it doesn’t change their feelings toward the Jills.

"We cherish our sisterhood with you and we really want you to understand why we brought this lawsuit and we hope that you support us and understand that we want positive change," said plaintiff Maria P.

"Cheering on the field was the best experience of my entire life, but what happened behind closed doors was just not acceptable," said Alyssa U.

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