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REGGIE SHOULD HAVE WHITED OUT UNIFORM BEFORE SPEAKING FREELY
Published July 17, 1998
The NFL "plans to talk" to Reggie White about a full- page ad in USA TODAY in which he spoke out against homosexuality while wearing his uniform, according to USA TODAY's Steve Hershey. NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello: "No permission was asked for or given to use the Green Bay uniform. We feel that it is inappropriate for a player to appear in the NFL uniform in this type of ad." The ad was paid for by a coalition of 15 Christian groups. A Packers spokesperson said neither White nor any group asked the team's permission to use the uniform (USA TODAY, 7/17). FREE AGENT LEDGER: During the NFL's unrestricted free agency period, 113 veteran free agents re-signed with the old teams, while 113 signed with new teams. The Falcons and the Panthers signed the most unrestricted free agents from other teams with eight each. There were a total of 305 unrestricted free agents this year (NFL).