Penalty flags fly

SAG looks into ads made by 3 NFL players

The Screen Actors Guild is probing a trio of National Football League players for shooting commercials after the union went on strike against advertisers 24 days ago.

SAG said it was investigating a report that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George had done a spot in Arizona on May 9 and that Tampa Bay safety John Lynch had also completed an Adidas ad recently.

The crux of the inquiry is whether the shoots took place before the players were aware that their union, the National Football League Players Assn., had informed members to not participate in nonunion commercials work.

The union made the official announcement Monday after similar moves by the pro basketball and baseball unions.

General pressure

In other strike-related developments, picketers demonstrated Tuesday at the Los Angeles offices of Chiat/Day and at the site of a public-service ad featuring retired Gen. Colin Powell on Tuesday in Maryland.

SAG has asked Powell not to film the spot, which is using nonunion actors, for Powell’s youth charity, America’s Promise, the Alliance for Youth. Powell has not yet filmed the ad.

SAG and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists also plan demonstrations today against AT&T in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.

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