Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has been a supporter of the fight for marriage equality in Maryland — and a bigoted state legislator named Emmett Burns has lost his shit over it, sending a letter to the owner of the team demanding that he be punished and prevented from speaking his mind from now on.
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. 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.
Well sure, he’s just upset that Ayanbadejo is “stepping into the controversy” and trying to “sway public opinion one way or the other.” And if Ayanbadejo had come out against marriage equality, I’m sure he would have demanded the same thing, right? Not a chance. The player responded on Twitter:
“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.”
Yep. And here’s the video he recorded last year: