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Most of Toronto’s lingerie football team quits in disputeTeam star Krista Ford and other members of Toronto's lingerie football league are taking their ball and suggestive undergarment sets and going home.

Twenty-two of the team's 26 players abruptly quit this week after a dispute with management about roster cuts. Krista wrote about the decision on her Facebook page:

Hey everyone! I am really sad to let you all know that I have left the Toronto Triumph, along with many of my teammates. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make thus far, however, I had to stand up for what I felt was right. Unfortunately, it cost me the greatest sport in the world. [She also played frisbee golf? -- CC]

Lest you think Krista wasn't serious about the lingerie walkout, she then quoted Malcolm X. "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything," Krista wrote. That's actually based off an old Alexander Hamilton line, meaning not only is Krista using the civil rights movement as a basis for hanging up her shoulder pads and bras, but the American revolution too. One can only assume she's keeping the Civil War in her back pocket for when things get really heated.

League chairman, and apparent public relations whiz, Mitchell Mortaza defended the team's actions to The Toronto Star. "What they've done now is focus on real athletes versus wannabes that are more interested in being celebrities than football players," he told the respected newspaper that's actually covering lingerie football conflicts like they're a real thing. "A lot of these women [that were released], quite frankly, aren't used to playing at such a high level as far as sports."

Perhaps I've misjudged the integrity of the lingerie football league, and I apologize in advance if I have, but these are women playing a sport in bras and panties with unattached garter straps. The current picture on the front of the league website shows more boob than an issue of Maxim. (That still exists, right?) There are downloadable wallpapers that, if used, would force 13-year-old boys to keep their laptops under their mattress. The whole league is based on the idea of creating celebrity. Football is merely the vessel to get there.

Thanks, Larry Brown Sports

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