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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
After drawing national attention for his attempt to muzzle a football player who supported gay rights, a Maryland delegate walked back his position Sunday and said Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo should be allowed to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage. "Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a telephone interview. "And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions.
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By Matt Vensel | July 4, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Minnesota Vikings. In early December, 10 days after they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night, the Ravens will host the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium. That extra rest will come in handy when they try to drag down Adrian Peterson, the star running back for the Vikings and the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player.
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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 | June 12, 2013
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is among a group of football players who have put their names and jersey numbers on a T-shirt line that celebrates LGBT Pride Month. The NFL Players' Association has launched a One Team Pride Shirts T-shirt line meant to raise awareness for equality. Proceeds from the shirts (which are being sold on the NFLPA's official online store ) benefit Athlete Ally, a nonprofit seeking to promote inclusion and tolerance in sports. While Suggs has voiced his openness to an openly gay teammate , he has been far from the Ravens' most vocal player on the issue of LGBT rights.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is among a group of football players who have put their names and jersey numbers on a T-shirt line that celebrates LGBT Pride Month. The NFL Players' Association has launched a One Team Pride Shirts T-shirt line meant to raise awareness for equality. Proceeds from the shirts (which are being sold on the NFLPA's official online store ) benefit Athlete Ally, a nonprofit seeking to promote inclusion and tolerance in sports. While Suggs has voiced his openness to an openly gay teammate , he has been far from the Ravens' most vocal player on the issue of LGBT rights.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
With the national spotlight shining on the Super Bowl-bound Ravens this week, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is apparently hoping to divert some attention off the gridiron. According to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni , just hours after Baltimore's AFC championship win, Ayanbadejo directed an e-mail to marriage equality advocates asking how he could utilize the increased Super Bowl media to help support same-sex marriage. Writing at 3:40 a.m. on Monday morning, according to Bruni, Ayanbadejo asked gay rights advocate Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik, political director to Russell Simmons, whether there was “anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media.” Later dubbing the note his "Jerry Maguire email," a reference to the late-night mission statement penned by Tom Cruise's character in the eponymous 1996 sports flick, Ayanbadejo told Bruni: "I got to thinking about all kinds of things, and I thought: how can we get our message out there?"
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, two of the NFL's most outspoken advocates of gay marriage, have taken their fight to the highest court. The two filed an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday that contends that California's Proposition 8, which says "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," is unconstitutional. The brief also discusses the important role that professional athletes have in promoting tolerance.
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By Matt Vensel | July 4, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Minnesota Vikings. In early December, 10 days after they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night, the Ravens will host the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium. That extra rest will come in handy when they try to drag down Adrian Peterson, the star running back for the Vikings and the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wasn't the only athlete stunned by a letter from a Maryland politician urging the Ravens to silence the outspoken Ayanbadejo due to his support for same-sex marriage. In an open response to the letter written by Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore County, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote that he was "ashamed and disgusted" by Burns' views and characterized the delegate as "mind-bogglingly stupid. " In an expletive-laden letter posted on sports blog Deadspin , Kluwe - who has been similarly vocal to Ayanbadejo as a proponent for gay marriage - took particular issue with Burns' assertion that political views have "no place in a sport.
SPORTS
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk's opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman,” the outspoken Kluwe published a six-point takedown of what he calls Birk's “logical fallacy.” The crux of Kluwe's response - which is far less profane than his...
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, two of the NFL's most outspoken advocates of gay marriage, have taken their fight to the highest court. The two filed an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday that contends that California's Proposition 8, which says "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," is unconstitutional. The brief also discusses the important role that professional athletes have in promoting tolerance.
SPORTS
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
With the national spotlight shining on the Super Bowl-bound Ravens this week, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is apparently hoping to divert some attention off the gridiron. According to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni , just hours after Baltimore's AFC championship win, Ayanbadejo directed an e-mail to marriage equality advocates asking how he could utilize the increased Super Bowl media to help support same-sex marriage. Writing at 3:40 a.m. on Monday morning, according to Bruni, Ayanbadejo asked gay rights advocate Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik, political director to Russell Simmons, whether there was “anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media.” Later dubbing the note his "Jerry Maguire email," a reference to the late-night mission statement penned by Tom Cruise's character in the eponymous 1996 sports flick, Ayanbadejo told Bruni: "I got to thinking about all kinds of things, and I thought: how can we get our message out there?"
FEATURES
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.
SPORTS
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk's opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman,” the outspoken Kluwe published a six-point takedown of what he calls Birk's “logical fallacy.” The crux of Kluwe's response - which is far less profane than his...
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
After drawing national attention for his attempt to muzzle a football player who supported gay rights, a Maryland delegate walked back his position Sunday and said Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo should be allowed to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage. "Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a telephone interview. "And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions.
SPORTS
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wasn't the only athlete stunned by a letter from a Maryland politician urging the Ravens to silence the outspoken Ayanbadejo due to his support for same-sex marriage. In an open response to the letter written by Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore County, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote that he was "ashamed and disgusted" by Burns' views and characterized the delegate as "mind-bogglingly stupid. " In an expletive-laden letter posted on sports blog Deadspin , Kluwe - who has been similarly vocal to Ayanbadejo as a proponent for gay marriage - took particular issue with Burns' assertion that political views have "no place in a sport.
SPORTS
December 25, 2005
Matchup Vs. spread -- Ravens 6-8, Vikings 8-6. Series -- Tied 1-1. Last meeting -- Ravens won, 19-13, on Jan. 7, 2002, in Baltimore. NFL rankings Ravens offense -- No. 24 (rush No. 18, pass No. 23) Vikings defense -- No. 24 (rush No. 19, pass No. 22) Vikings offense -- No. 26 (rush No. 28, pass No. 22) Ravens defense -- No. 6 (rush No. 13, pass No. 7) Ravens injuries Doubtful -- TE Daniel Wilcox (ankle). Questionable -- CB Dale Carter (back); KR B.J. Sams (knee); LB Mike Smith (thigh)
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by Annie Linskey | September 19, 2012
The latest evidence that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo won't be muzzled about his support for same-sex marriage: He is hosting a Monday Night football party for the cause. Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning applauded Ayanbadejo for "tackling the issue" (O'Malley's pun, not ours), and plans to join. The party is set for Oct. 8 at Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore. The football player has been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, but received a flood of attention after Baltimore County Del. Emmett Burns, a Democrat, tried to stop him from talking publicly about the issue.
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