“I think it will happen sooner than you think. We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.”
In today’s interview with MSNBC, host Thomas Roberts brings up the above quote and asks Ayanbadejo about his history of LGBT activism and what may happen for him next. Ayanbadejo was let go by the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, but he says that move was “just football” and unrelated to his advocacy to same-sex marriage.
Emmett C. Burns Jr. sent a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, asking for the team to curb Ayanbadejo’s support of the issue.
“I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football 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.
“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 wrote. “I believe Mr. Ayanbadejo should concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base.
“I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing.”
Ayanbadejo isn’t backing down. He tweeted the following:
“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!”
Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has already expressed support for marriage equality, has made a video for the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign.The Baltimore Sunreports on the video released Friday. In the 30-second spot, the linebacker says, “I believe we should be doing everything that 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.”The video is the second in the Maryland for Marriage Equality series from the coalition of groups of the same name working to pass a bill in 2012. Earlier this month, Governor Martin O’Malley, who said marriage equality would be a legislative priority, kicked off the video campaign.Last session, the marriage equality bill passed the Maryland senate for the first time but did not come to the floor in the assembly, where it fell a few votes short. Should the bill pass in 2012, opponents plan to petition for a referendum on the ballot in the fall.Ayanbadejo has supported marriage equality in recent years with a column in the Huffington Post and with a video during last year’s legislative session.
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