Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders Arrested for Bathroom Sex

Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested Sunday after having sex in a bar restroom and starting a fight.

Bar patrons say NFL cheerleaders had sex in bathroom (AJC)
Cat fight: Panthers cheerleaders arrested in bar sex incident (SI)

AP – Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested after a bar dispute that broke out early Sunday after patrons complained the women were having sex in a bathroom stall, a police arrest report said. Police reports named the women, but The Tampa Tribune reported officials were checking into whether one of them gave a false identification. One woman was charged with battery, and the other with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Both women were released on bond later Sunday

The women were locked in a stall at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday when other patrons got angry they were taking so long in the bathroom, the police report said. The women left the stall, and one began arguing with another patron of Banana Joe’s, eventually hitting that patron in the face with a closed fist, police said.

The incident happened 11 hours before the kickoff of the Panthers’ NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The cheerleaders traveled to Tampa on their own because members of the team’s Top Cats squad are on the sidelines only at home games. Panthers officials told The Charlotte Observer at Sunday’s game that they were aware of the reported incident, but declined further comment.

If they had been smart about this, they could have made thousands with a pay-per-view special.

Update: The Carolina News 14 variant of the AP story has photos and additional information.

Photo: Carolina Panther TopCat Cheerleader Angela Keathley was arrestedA Carolina Panthers cheerleader whose name appears on a police report in connection with a fight in a bathroom at a Tampa, Florida, bar says she wasn’t there at the time of the incident. One of the two women arrested by police identified herself as a cheerleader for the team, and even gave the name and address of one of the cheerleaders.

Photo: Carolina Panther TopCat Cheerleader This unidentified woman was also arrested WCNC TV in Charlotte interviewed Kristen Owen, whose name is on the police report. She says she was attending a wedding in Columbia, South Carolina, at the time of the incident. Her father says he wants the situation cleared up.

A second woman, Angela Keithley, was positively identified as a TopCat cheerleader and is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

A site called Deadspin has this incisive analysis:

Now We Know Why The WNBA Doesn’t Have Cheerleaders

Photo: Carolina Panther TopCat Cheerleaders Renee and Angela Well, these type of stories don’t come along every day. As we’re sure most of you have heard by now, two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested in Tampa early Sunday morning after, police say, the two of them were getting them some Sheryl Swoopes in the bathroom. That itself isn’t illegal (thank God!); punching a woman who was complaining about the wait outside the bathroom is.

So far, the cheerleaders are saying it’s a case of mistaken identity, which, if true, freaking sucks. But, if police reports are to be believed, we’re dealing with Renee and Angela. Not surprisingly, it’s darned-near impossible to get on their official Panthers bio pages right now — though we think it’s worth the wait — but Panthers officials emphasize that they made the trip to Tampa on their own; the team does not have cheerleaders for road games.

We could go on and on about this, and rest assured, we will. But for now, we’re just going to reemphasize that two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were allegedly having sex with each other in the bathroom of a Florida bar. We totally went to the wrong bars this weekend.


ESPN’s aptly named “The Daily Quickie” adds,

Women’s bathrooms at nightclubs are the new boat cruises!


Apparently, the delay at the bathroom entrance caused other club-goers to get frustrated with the bathroom line wait and sparked the alleged incident.

Haven’t we all been there? It’s like the best beer ad you’ve ever seen, only real.

A little background:

Angela is an RN, according to her official Panthers’ bio, and her favorite quote is fortuitous: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” Amen, sister.

Renee is a student and says the most important thing in life is to, “Live every moment to the fullest and love like you’ll never be hurt.” Agreed.


I fully expect the two women to be booted, whether or not the team waits for the law. But their careers have just begun. (Hello, Maxim!)

One suspects, yes.

Photo: Carolina Panther TopCat Cheerleader Angela Joe Ovies, blogging at AM850’s site, gets in a “No sex in the champagne room” line and has another photo of the woman he describes as “My girl Angela is on the B-team that doesn’t cheer for road games.”

Photo: Carolina Panther TopCat Cheerleader Renee A more flattering picture of Renee, left, is from her Carolina Panthers bio page.

The Professional Cheerleaders Blog has lots of other cheerleader pictures but is not yet on this story. One suspects that will change.

The Charlotte Observer, as one might suspect, is also on the story.

Update: Police arrest a Panthers cheerleader for fighting in bathroom (6News)

Photo: Police records indicate they arrested Kristen Owen (right) and Angela Keathley (left). Police have since questioned the identity of the woman who said she was Owen.
Police said they arrested two women after they got into a fight with a woman in a Florida night club. Patrons of the bar allege that the women were having sex in one of the stalls. One of the women identified herself to police as a cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers but police have since questioned that identification.

According to police records, they arrested Kristen Lanier Owen, 22, and Angela Ellen Keathley, 26, the names of two Carolina Panthers TopCats. The arrest happened outside Banana Joe’s, a bar in downtown Tampa around 2:20 a.m. according to bar staff.

However, police have since questioned the identity of the woman identified as Owen saying another woman may have tried to mislead them by using Owen’s North Carolina drivers license or a false licence with Owen’s information on it. Officers said they have opened an investigation into the woman’s actual identity. 6NEWS spoke with Kristen Owen and she said she was at a wedding in Columbia, South Carolina at the time when she was supposed to be in the Tampa bar.

Owen would not comment on who the other woman was. Her mother told 6NEWS that the woman was another TopCats cheerleader.

We’ll get to the bottom of this before long, I’m guessing.


Brad Thomas at reports,

The Panthers whipped the Buccaneers yesterday, but surfing the web, you̢۪d hardly know it. All a fan can find on the internet is talk about the two Panthers cheerleaders who were allegedly having sex in a Tampa club̢۪s bathroom stall the night before.

But what is worse, is that you can̢۪t get online to to get anything related to the game. It̢۪s crashed, and been replaced by a graphic for the time being. No quotes, no notes, no stats and no video highlights.

No surprise there. Judging from my own traffic, people are a lot more interested in lesbian cheerleaders than rioting in France or U.S. domestic politics.

Update: A clarification on the cheerleaders involved from an updated AP story:

Cheerleaders Had Sex in Bar, Witnesses Say

Two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were charged after their arrest at a bar where witnesses told police the women had sex in a restroom. Renee Thomas, 20, of Pittsboro, N.C., and Angela Keathley, 26, of Belmont, N.C., were taken to Hillsborough County Jail early Sunday. Witnesses said the women were having sex in a stall with each other, angering patrons waiting in line to get into the restroom at the club in the Channelside district.

Thomas was charged with battery Sunday after allegedly striking a bar patron when she was leaving the restroom, then landed in even more trouble after police said she gave officers a driver’s license belonging to another Panthers cheerleader who was not in Tampa. Thomas, who made the trip to Florida for Sunday’s game between the Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was released from jail on $500 bail before police learned she was not the person she claimed to be.

Providing police with a false name is a misdemeanor. However, Thomas was charged Monday with giving a false name and causing harm to another – a third-degree felony punishable by probation or a jail term of 1 to 5 years, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Meanwhile, detectives are trying to determine how Thomas gained possession of the driver’s license of the third cheerleader.

Keathley, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, was released on $750 bail about an hour before the Panthers played the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium. The cheerleaders were not in town to perform at the game.


The cheerleaders have been approached by Penthouse with an offer to pose nude for the adult magazine, MSNBC-TV reported Tuesday.

Other blog coverage:

Kevin Aylward

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Steven Taylor

    • : When Cheerleaders Go Wild

Sean Hackbarth

    • : Girls Gone Wild: NFL Cheerleader Style

Jeff Quinton

    • : Carolina Panthers cheerleaders arrested

Dean Esmay

    : Frustrating Story On Cheerleaders
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  2. I challenge anyone to find a better news story from 2005.


  3. DL says:

    I suppose we can be thankful it wasn’t on the fifty yard line at halftime!


  4. Anderson says:

    The AP reports that it was Renee Thomas, not Owen, doing god-knows-what-and-I-wish-I-did-too with Keathley.

    Go, Panthers! Pant-hers? Get-into-her-panthers?


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  9. Canuck says:

    I don’t know about you Americans, but seriously, I’m following the NFL more now, after the news hit all of our respective sports sections of the newspapers in Toronto.

    Personally it would be refreshing to see girl on girl action on the fifty yard line.


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  12. b1-66er says:

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  14. Aussie Joe says:

    God Bless ’em!


  15. Riggz says:

    Its stuff like this that makes our country great! With terriorsm running rampant, oil prices at all time highs, and a “war” in Iraq, isnt it good to know that what really gets news two women check out each others “TopCats”.


  16. JOHN says:

    These two may do as much for the NFL in one night as decades of steroid abuse did for Major League Baseball.

    I’m a devoted fan all over again.


  17. fred jones says:

    Well, I’m glad to see that the fundie religious right is losing some ground here, in the conduct of human affairs. Job well done girls!
    Personally, I’m a dallas fan and am saddened that my USDA Prime Choice cheerleaders are looking like a bunch of cloistered nuns right now. Oh well, maybe they’ll be next. After all, what would America’s team be like without a little girl on girl action? Come on jerry, let’s get some real draft picks in here!


  18. Real Deal says:

    yeah whatever…At least my beloved vikes got to score way more than just 2 HOT Girls…where’s the paparazzi with the video’s when you need them…Redskins girls got some nice outfits too with the ass cheeks showin out of the bottom (primetime game)