White unapologetic about remarks Packers star 'didn't start ministry to please' everyone

March 27, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Reggie White did not back off yesterday from his remarks in the Wisconsin state Legislature the previous day that left some legislators cringing and some activists criticizing him.

"I didn't start a ministry to please everybody," said White, a Green Bay Packers star.

White, an ordained fundamentalist Christian minister, admitted he was feeling the fallout from his comments, which included scathing remarks about homosexuality. He said people missed his message.

An African-American, White said that blacks "like to sing and dance" while whites "know how to tap into money" and he also used what he felt were positive stereotypes of Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans.

White said he had received calls from sponsors of his ministry.

"I said: 'Don't re-evaluate me. Forget about me. I don't need your money.' "

Pub Date: 3/27/98

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