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Maryland delegate sends letter to Ravens ripping Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support for gay marriage

Sep 6, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

Brendon Ayanbadejo AP

In addition to having named his son Amadeus Prime, which is awesome, Brendon Ayanbadejo is the only three-time NFL Pro Bowl selection I know who has also played in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League. Not to mention the mighty Santa Cruz (Calif.) High Cardinals.

The Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker is also no stranger to controversy, and is not your typical football jock. Just read his Twitter profile:

Financial+Environmental+Social+Ethical conscience =Sustainability. Our value is exponential. The intangible assets of the mind are infinite!

I’ve said that many times.

A longtime advocate for gay marriage rights, Ayanbadejo recently lent his name to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality web campaign which raffled off free Ravens tickets as a fundraiser. This did not sit well with one Emmett C. Burns, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates — which is a lower house of the state legislature.

Burns fired off a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, demanding, among other things, that Ayanbadejo “cease and desist such injurious actions”, and “concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base.” Another excerpt:

“Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens football team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”

Among Ayanbadejo’s Twitter responses on Tuesday was this:


And this:

“The fight is not about same-sex marriage or interracial marriage or slavery or equal rights for women. The fight is for equality for all.”

“I believe we should be doing everything we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other,” Ayanbadejo said in the web campaign.

Burns is a Democrat, by the way.

I wonder how he feels about Tim Tebow?

  1. manchestermiracle - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Funny how pols are always trying to tell other people what to do when they never follow their own advice. I’d tell Burns (anyone else thinking of the nuclear plant owner on the Simpson’s?) that if he wants Ayanbadejo to concentrate on what he does best (football) then maybe Burns should do the same. Except, of course, what Burns does best isn’t governing, but rather telling other people what THEY should be doing. Just like nearly every politician everywhere. Honestly, can anyone think of a more hypocritical occupation than politician?