So, I was alerted to the fact that some Chicago Bears memorabilia—a signed Brian Urlacher jersey and a signed Walter Payton photo—will be featured in a raffle being held at one of the NOM offshoot bigotry franchises.

I wrote the following to the Bears. Waiting to hear their answer; also writing to various sports columnists in the Chicago media to see if I can stir something up.

Dear Bears Management:

I am writing regarding the news I recently received that some Chicago Bears memorabilia has been donated to an organization that promotes bigotry and intolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

Can you tell me if the Chicago Bears donated this memorabilia for their raffle? If so, can you possibly explain the justification? I understand that anyone can donate an autographed jersey, and it's not clear if the Bears are directly involved, but the conference organizers are claiming that you are.

Given the recent brouhaha over homophobic comments made by a Seattle Seahawks player, I would appreciate having this issue clarified.

Did Bears management donate this material? Does Bears management support the bigoted message of this organization?

If so, why?


Bill Savage

UPDATE: The Chicago Bears have responded.