Clarington's sassy and honest commentary has been applauded by many, with some saying she should become a commentator upon retiring from cheerleading.
Cheerleaders are talented athletes who perform acrobatic stunts, dance routines and chants to energize and motivate sports teams and fans. They are an important part of the sports entertainment industry and play a critical role in creating an exciting atmosphere during games and events. They are often seen as ambassadors of the team they represent and are admired for their athleticism, dedication and high-energy performances.
However, one FAMU cheerleader is going viral for more than just her performance. The Florida A&M cheerleader and senior cheer captain, Nailah Clarington, dished out some harsh words to the opponent team while mic'd up and her sassy commentary has taken social media by storm.
This year, Florida A&M struggled on the court, winning only seven of their 29 games. The Rattlers concluded the season with a 5-13 conference record, finishing 10th in the 12-team SWAC standings. Such difficulties didn't deter Clarington from trash-talking on the sidelines.
The clip posted by ESPN on TikTok shows the spirited young woman saying, "Messian, your coach say you s*ck, that was his words." In another moment she says, "Take him out the game coach," after being frustrated by a player. She then goes ahead and does a classic cheer jump before saying, "I'm getting a little old for this."
In the next clip, she can be heard talking to the referee of the game saying, "Me personally, I wouldn't let him talk to me like that." Her sassy and completely honest commentary sent everyone laughing, with many applauding her honesty. TikTok user @tyerianne said, "They need to make her a commentator when she retires from cheer." Another person @playxay commented, "She worked the ref and then started cookin the players."
"Ok but she’s right. He's not a shooter, and he shouldn't talk to him like that," wrote @marissacomugnarly. TikTok user @rdugan1 commented, "She's awesome! I would have loved having cheerleaders like her." @stum4ch3rr suggested, "They should mic cheerleaders up more. Because those women you know who scream at the tv and know the players, she cheered."
A few former or current cheerleaders also joined in the conversation. One such user, @sparkles_hailey said, "As an ex-cheerleader I can confirm we would roast both our own team and the opponents."
Cheerleading has always been a way to celebrate sports and maintain enthusiasm for the game. Another example of this was when Cheer Athletics Panthers was performing on February 25 and their music suddenly stopped. However, that did not stop them from performing as 10,000 cheerleaders from rival teams who were present at the NCA All-Star National Championship venue counted for them to finish their routine.
The crew can be seen performing the song in a TikTok video published by @magenreaves, and the music can be heard stopping after 60 seconds. Thousands of cheerleaders immediately began counting 3..5..7..5 and continued until their performance was completed. It displayed the solidarity among cheerleading teams and how they are an essential part of the game. A little teasing is necessary to maintain the fun and fuel everyone for the next round.