The NFL is looking into advertisements for an adult entertainment expo that used a picture of Major Wright, among other NFL players, in Bears uniform.
According to the ad, Wright is a "host" of the party, along with former Illinois player Corey Liuget and "hip hop video model" Erica Mena. (Click here to see the ad.)
Wright refuted the ad, tweeting, "FYI..... I have NOTHING to do with the Exotic Expo @ the Rosemont! My pic was used without my permission. No Affiliation at all."
"This is an improper use of team marks and the Chicago Bears are not associated with this ad," said Bears spokesman Jim Christman. "Many times, players themselves are unaware of the violations and the companies simply pull images and make ads not realizing they are in violation."
Though the NFL is likely not too happy that their players may be affiliated with a show touting pornography, the lack of a collective bargaining agreement means there is not much they can do about it.
The NFL can, however, control the way their trademarks, including the uniform, are used. They have a responsibility to their sponsors, who lay out millions of dollars to use those trademarks, to keep players in uniform as far away from porn expo ads as possible. The Bears also tout themselves as a family organization, and these ads compromise that image.
As for the bigger issue of Wright's involvement, there's no reason not to believe his tweet. You can bet that he won't be at their July event in Rosemont.