Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo on fire talking about gay marriage (video)

Smart man.  You have to listen to this guy talk.  My god.  He’s no Chris Culliver, that’s for sure.  Super Bowl champion, and Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo has been on fire talking about gay rights the last few months.

You might remember that Ayanbadejo got into some hot water with a bigoted Maryland state legislator who wanted him to stop talking about his support for gay marriage.  As a result, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a now infamous, and hysterical, letter to the legislator that is perhaps the kind of thing you might not want to read at the office.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

And in this interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Ayanbadejo does it again.  Lemon doesn’t even need to speak, Brendon Ayanbadejo is that good.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/priceperhead1 Jake Richards

    Difficult to treat an issue that could damage the image of the team
    He should be reserved and not create controversy. http://www.priceperhead.com

  • Ninong

    It is my belief that it is 100% genetic. That doesn’t mean that all gay people are 100% gay; it just means that whatever their orientation, it is congenital and traces back to the very earliest stages of embryonic development. Kinsey may have been onto something with his scale even if he wasn’t sure of the causes.

    No one has the option to “choose” their sexual orientation. Some people who are closer to the middle of the scale may take longer to discover which side of the center they’re really on. Or they may discover that they’re functionally bisexual, even if they know which way they prefer to swing.

  • Ninong

    He explained the meaning of his name in a 2005 interview he gave to a Nigerian blogger:

    My full name is Oladale Brendon Ayanbadejo. My first name means “What follows me home.” “Brendon” is because I’m half Irish; my brother and I both have Irish middle names. My last name is like a ceremonial type of thing: “The crowning of the king goes hand in hand with drumming.” I take a lot of pride in being Nigerian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/damiano.iocovozzi Damiano Iocovozzi

    I believe the new generation will lead the country away from its sordid past that included entrenched ignorance, homophobia, deluded religiosity, misogyny & racism. Thank you young people!

  • hollywoodstein

    Of course, without appealing to the moral authority of the bible, the religious bigots would be exposed for what they are simply bigots waving guns, and clinging to a misguided sense of male privilege and machismo. And religious blacks would have to look long and hard for someone else to feel superior to.

  • hollywoodstein

    It is a noteworthy quirk of the politics of equality that the current gay pursuit of equal rights has used a singular strategy of emphasizing that we are born that way, in other words that there is a genetic basis for our being gay, which is ordinarily anathema to other groups seeking civil rights to be seen as equals.
    Of course, this is because the religious nut jobs insist that there is no genetic disposition, but rather being gay is a persons choice, so therefore they can be condemned for that choice as committing a sin against god and nature. Otherwise the fundies would have to admit that it was God that made us gay, which kind of puts a damper on that whole moral culpability angle.
    Since this is the enemy, I understand the pr value of the genetic basis approach. My only caveat is that ones rights should not matter whether someone was born gay as undoubtedly most are, or whether all things considered one chooses to be gay, as undoubtedly some do.
    Whether it is a choice or the die is cast at birth should make no difference to whether someone is allowed to be free.

  • hollywoodstein

    See how simple it is. Clear as a bell. Equality. More of this please.

  • http://twitter.com/squared_steve Steves Market & Deli

    Ayanbadejo must mean “Powerful in mind, body and spirit”! Great interview.

  • runfastandwin

    U C L A!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    At last we can say it out loud: The 9′ers LOST—-KARMA!

  • Don Chandler

    a modern man in a gladiator sport. i stopped watching football about 13 years ago but I couldn’t stop listening to this guy.

  • morecornbread

    Make this guy the President of HRC or just the President period.

  • cole3244

    intelligence, class, and compassion, the nfl is finally catching up with the 21st century, brendon you are a man to respect and emulate.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Wow… just, wow.

    We need more out there just like him.

  • Ninong

    Brendon is the best!

  • silas1898

    Well done, Brandon.
    Just like the end of DADT, Marriage Equality will not send the sky crashing down from an angry cloud entity. I see Orlando is still standing :)

  • MichaelS

    One of the most articulate – and genuinely nice and sensitive – people I’ve ever heard on television, much less in professional sports. Bravo for him.

  • S1AMER

    Whenever and wherever we win, a very large proportion of the credit is due to enthusiastic allies such as this nice guy. Thank you, Brendon — I dislike your sport, but I sure do like you!

  • Quilla

    What an incredibly intelligent and well-spoken young man!

  • kingstonbears

    Thank you Brendon! Thank you!

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