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October 2, 2012
After his teammate joined the fight against gay marriage, Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal supporter for legalizing it, defended Matt Birk against online bashers. "I don't think he's homophobic," Ayanbadejo told one Birk critic on Twitter Monday night. "Matt Birk is an amazing father, teammate, man! Even if he & I disagree on marriage equality we agree on 95% of other issues. " Birk, a Ravens center, is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland's new same-sex marriage law. "I took a stance like other guys have done before me," Birk said Monday at team headquarters in Owings Mills.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age. By his midteens, while living with his family in a dorm for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students at the University of California, Santa Cruz - his step-father was the dorm's headmaster - he thought no differently about LGBT people than he did straight people....
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo is sporting a fancy new title these days: Honorary Gay. It comes compliments of GQ magazine, which bestowed the honor on the linebacker and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. According to GQ, the players are "honorary gays of the year" because of how they stood up in support of gay marriage earlier this year. You might recall the dustup where Ayanbadejo wanted to give away game tickets to support the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and marriage equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo will speak about his support of LGBT rights at McDaniel College in Westminster tonight, Oct. 16. In an hour-long Q&A session, Ayanbadejo will discuss his journey from the football field to equal rights advocate, according to a press release. Since being released by the Ravens in April, Ayanbadejo has been working with LGBT advocacy groups. In August, he edited the Washington Blade's "sports issue" and has since been contributing to the Fox Sports website . (He has also been actively supplementing his Fox commentary on Twitter, where occasionally his observations run more absurdist than analytical.)
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Shortly after bolstering their special teams unit by agreeing to terms with former Chicago Bears defensive back Corey Graham, the Ravens have kept a core special teams player of their own in house by reaching an agreement with three-time Pro Bowl player Brendon Ayanbadejo. "I never planned on going anywhere," Ayanbadejo said on a conference call. "During this whole free agency period, I never stressed or worried about anything. I went on a vacation. I just waited my turn patiently.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2013
Reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo apologized today for comments he made last night on his Twitter account criticizing the New England Patriots, the Ravens' opponent in Sunday's AFC championship game. "I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization," Ayanbadejo said on his Twitter account today. "For that I apologize. " As the Patriots were putting the finishing touches on a 41-28 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans that created a rematch in the AFC title contest, Ayanbadejo was taking several shots at the New England organization.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on 'Face the Nation' with Bob Schieffer on CBS Sunday morning. Ayanbadejo was part of a panel discussion on same-sex marriage. Read the complete transcript below. Bob Schieffer: Good morning, again, this week the Supreme Court takes up two big cases on same-sex marriage, whether the voters can say no to same-sex marriage as they did in California with proposition 8, and whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman, is constitutional.
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By Edward Lee | December 24, 2012
Brendon Ayanbadejo didn't make a fourth consecutive start on Sunday, but the inside linebacker still made a sizable contribution in the Ravens' 33-14 pasting of the New York Giants. Ayanbadejo finished with three tackles, including one sack and two quarterback hits. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and rookie free safety Omar Brown also posted sacks of Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and Ayanbadejo tied strong safety James Ihedigbo and defensive tackle Arthur Jones for the team lead in quarterback hits.
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By Edward Lee | January 25, 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo doesn't need Super Bowl XLVII to assist the cause for gay rights and gay marriage. But the Ravens inside linebacker won't turn down the opportunity during the week in New Orleans to champion the push for equality. Ayanbadejo, who contributed to Maryland passing an initiative to legalize gay marriage in November, was peppered about using the lead up to the Super Bowl as a platform, but he pointed out that he doesn't really need to seek the cameras or recorders. “Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” he said after Friday's practice.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 10, 2013
"Now is the time... " -- Martin Luther King, Aug. 28, 1963 Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Mr. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place, and the advice he gave recently on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong. Here's the back story. It seems NFL prospect Nick Kasa recently told ESPN Radio that he was asked in an interview with a team he won't specify whether he is married, if he has a girlfriend and whether he likes girls.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
LGBT advocacy group All Out is set to deliver a petition Wednesday afternoon that asks the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to condemn Russia's anti-LGBT legislation as the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi approach. In a statement, All Out says it has collected more than 300,000 signatures, including thousands from Athlete Ally members like Greg Louganis and former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and several former Olympians. "We hope the International Olympic Committee responds to All Out's members and the millions of people worldwide who want Russia to treat all of their citizens with dignity under the law," said Anastasia Smirnova, from the Russian LGBT Network in St. Petersburg.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and outspoken same-sex marriage advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo is turning his attention from playing time to publishing. Weeks after being released by the Super Bowl champions, Ayanbadejo announced today that he will serve as the guest editor of a sports-themed issue of LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade. "I'm extremely honored to be able to work with the Blade," Ayanbadejo said at a press conference. "I think through sports is the easiest way to reach a lot of people in a demographic that typically wouldn't hear about equality and why it is so near and dear to us. " Since his playing days ended -- for now, at least -- Ayanbadejo has continued advocating for the LGBT community, has made several media appearances and took part in the NFL's inaugural sports journalism boot camp.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
Cut by the Ravens in early April, linebacker and special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo still hasn't ruled out playing in the NFL during the 2013 season. He works out daily and keeps himself ready in case a team calls and the situation is right. But right now, the 36-year-old is far too busy with other endeavors to be consumed with whether his 10-year NFL career is over.   “There's not anything that I have to do right now so If the football angle has exhausted itself because there's no more options in football, then that will come to a close on its own and then there will be a point where I have to announce my retirement.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
In New York, where he was to be honored at Thursday night's Straight for Equality Gala, Brendon Ayanbadejo suggested to a local newspaper reporter that one of the reasons that he was cut by the Ravens was his outspoken advocacy for same-sex marriage - a suggestion he later distanced himself from on Twitter. “My bark is louder than my bite,” Ayanbadejo told Newsday. “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?
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The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on 'Face the Nation' with Bob Schieffer on CBS Sunday morning. Ayanbadejo was part of a panel discussion on same-sex marriage. Read the complete transcript below. Bob Schieffer: Good morning, again, this week the Supreme Court takes up two big cases on same-sex marriage, whether the voters can say no to same-sex marriage as they did in California with proposition 8, and whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman, is constitutional.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 10, 2013
"Now is the time... " -- Martin Luther King, Aug. 28, 1963 Brendon Ayanbadejo is wrong. It is painful to say that. Mr. Ayanbadejo's heart is in a good place, and the advice he gave recently on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" was practical and well intentioned. But mainly, yes, it was wrong. Here's the back story. It seems NFL prospect Nick Kasa recently told ESPN Radio that he was asked in an interview with a team he won't specify whether he is married, if he has a girlfriend and whether he likes girls.
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By Annie Linskey and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland's new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view opposite that of teammate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the Ravens linebacker who is supporting the new law. "I took a stance like other guys have done before me," Birk said Monday at team headquarters in Owings Mills. "Obviously, we all have opinions.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker and marriage equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo will speak about his support of LGBT rights at McDaniel College in Westminster tonight, Oct. 16. In an hour-long Q&A session, Ayanbadejo will discuss his journey from the football field to equal rights advocate, according to a press release. Since being released by the Ravens in April, Ayanbadejo has been working with LGBT advocacy groups. In August, he edited the Washington Blade's "sports issue" and has since been contributing to the Fox Sports website . (He has also been actively supplementing his Fox commentary on Twitter, where occasionally his observations run more absurdist than analytical.)
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By Monique Jones | January 31, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said he plans to reach out to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver in hopes of starting a positive discussion, following Culliver's anti-gay comments earlier this week. Ayanbadejo has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage and was surrounded by media on Thursday hours after Culliver's comments became public. The San Jose Mercury News reported Culliver was asked by Artie Lange in a podcast if the 49ers had any homosexual players on the team.
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By Edward Lee | January 25, 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo doesn't need Super Bowl XLVII to assist the cause for gay rights and gay marriage. But the Ravens inside linebacker won't turn down the opportunity during the week in New Orleans to champion the push for equality. Ayanbadejo, who contributed to Maryland passing an initiative to legalize gay marriage in November, was peppered about using the lead up to the Super Bowl as a platform, but he pointed out that he doesn't really need to seek the cameras or recorders. “Organically, it was going to happen anyway,” he said after Friday's practice.
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