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Did Brendon Ayanbadejo's Activism Cost Him His Job?

Did Brendon Ayanbadejo's Activism Cost Him His Job?

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Ayanbadejo, dropped by the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, says his pro-marriage equality activism drew attention the team probably didn't want.

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UPDATE: In a post on his personal Facebook page, Ayanbadejo denies saying his activism contributed to the Ravens' move. "Just a heads up I did an interview today and no way said I was cut because my views. I said my talk was louder than my production and at 36 when you are not producing it is a fair move. You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the best organization in the nfl period!"

Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, cut from the Baltimore Ravens' roster Thursday, thinks his outspoken support for marriage equality had something to do with the team's decision.

"My bark is louder than my bite," he told a Newsday reporter last night at the Straight for Equality gala in New York, where he and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe were honored. "I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around?"

He admitted his performance on the field had slipped somewhat recently, but added, "I don't necessarily think that teams want this type of attention."

A Ravens spokesman denied that Ayanbadejo's activism was a factor in the termination of his contract. "We are surprised that Brendon would indicate that," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne told Newsday. "We have always respected Brendon's opinions and his right to express them. He was released for football reasons, period."

Ayanbadejo said he would be open to other football opportunities, although not actively pursuing them, but would definitely continue to work for LGBT equality. "One thing I want to do is I want to facilitate change and be a catalyst for change," he said. "I want the NFL to make a stance. Other Fortune 500 companies, Apple, Google, they've taken a stance against discrimination. ... Instead of the NFL having to be reactive to those things I want them to be proactive because I care about the NFL and I care about the players in the NFL."

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.