Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of gay marriage for a while now.
He’s made countless speeches. He’s written about the matter for various news sites. He’s publicly associated himself with marriage equality organizations. And, most importantly, despite the fact that he earns a living playing football (a sport that’s had all of no active players come out, ever), he’s been as strong an advocate for same-sex couples being allowed to marry as anyone who supports the cause.
Regardless of whether you agree with his views not, one can’t help but admire Ayanbadejo not being afraid to take a stand.
Or at least we thought most folks would admire that.
Recently, WBALTV (via Washington Post) got their hands on a letter that Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County) sent to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti regarding his player:
“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,” Burns wrote, according to the letter obtained by WBALTV.
“Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.”
Burns’ beef, specifically, is with Ayanbadejo announcing that he would give away two tickets to the Ravens’ home opener to support a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser. Why Ayanbadejo’s individual decision to give away his tickets to whomever he wants to give them away to is such a big deal is lost on us, but apparently it matters to Burns.
We’ll see what ultimately happens with this.
(Kudos Washington Post)