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Talker: Packers, fans support cheerleader belittled on Bears fan page

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Green Bay Packers are urging fans to stand behind a cheerleader who was targeted on a Chicago Bears Facebook fan page.

As a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student, Kaitlyn Collins has previously cheered for the Packers, who use college cheerleaders on game days. Earlier this week a photo of Collins was posted on an unofficial Bears' fan page called "Chicago Bears Fan." The page had an old photo of her with the post: "'Like' if you agree the Packers have the worst cheerleaders in the NFL." Belittling comments and obscene attacks about Collins followed.

Collins tells WLUK-TV a lot of the comments were very hurtful. She and her friends contacted Facebook to have the post removed. Hundreds of messages of support poured in. The Bears fan page posted an apology.

Collins also posted a video on YouTube in which she hand-wrote signs explaining what happened and showing some of the awful things people wrote about her. Collins also thanked the people who called-out the haters. One of her signs said "to all the fans that defended me, I gladly - for one night only - wear blue and orange." Those, of course, are Bears colors. A sign near the end of the video said "stop cyber-bullying and bullying in any form."

The Green Bay Packers issued a statement calling the online commentary "extremely offensive," expressed support for Collins and urged others to do the same.

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