REGGIE WHITE'S COMMENTS COULD COST HIM A JOB ON CBS
Published March 27, 1998
REGGIE WHITE "talked himself out of any chance he many have had of getting a job as a studio or game analyst" on CBS, according to Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Wolfley said that White, who "spoke against homosexuality and stereotyped various races and ethnic groups," has "damaged, if not destroyed, his potential to be hired at other networks, as well" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). CBS officials indicated that White "won't be considered for an NFL commentator's role." CBS Dir of Communications LESLIEANNE WADE: "CBS has a hard and fast policy against bias at all times. ... Anyone who violates the policy of the corporation cannot be an employee" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 3/27). NFL officials could not be reached for comment. Packers Exec Dir of PR LEE REMMEL: "As an organization we have no comment on Reggie's appearance before the state legislature" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). WHITE ON DEFENSE: In Milwaukee, Borsuk & Kissinger report that White's "only regret ... was that some people, especially many in the media, were focusing only on" specific comments. White: "I don't regret anything I said. ... I'm not going to back off what I know God has put on my heart to share" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). White appeared on the 6:30 ET edition of "SportsCenter" to discuss his comments. White: "Everything I said, I said. I'm not going to try to put anything in context." White, on his comments about different races: "I don't see how in the world that [the comments] could have made or been presented as generalizations that criticized race. Why would I want to criticize my own race? ... People are going to take offense to everything. I stand by everything I said" (ESPN, 3/26). REAX: A MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL editorial said, "In urging unity, White fanned disunity" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/27). In DC, Jennifer Frey: "White sounded like a bigot, and he sounded like a hypocrite. Mostly, though, he sounded like a fool. ... It would be hypocritical -- not to mention incredibly risky, in a public relations sense -- for CBS to hire White now" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs said White "is allowed his stereotypes," and "CBS is allowed to exercise its right not to hire him as a football analyst" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/27). Human Rights Campaign Strategist DAVID SMITH: "Clearly Mr. White showed a great deal of disrespect to a number of groups -- not only gay Americans, but including gay Americans. These are certainly not remarks you would expect to hear from a role model" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/27). The story was reported on ABC's "World News Tonight." WI Legislature State Rep DAVID TRAVIS: "Even though he's a great American hero, he said some things that were inappropriate" (ABC, 3/26).