Brendon Ayanbadejo To Promote Gay Rights At The Superbowl
Known gay rights advocate and Superbowl-bound NFL Baller Brendon Ayanbadejo is ready to use his Ravens Superbowl bid to his advantage in more ways than one.
In addition to balling out on the field, the super swole linebacker will also be using the media-heavy platform to once again speak out in support of gay rights.
via The Grio
Brendon Ayanbadejo is not like other NFL players.
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker is not just a fierce competitor on the field, he’s also an activist for an unlikely cause: gay rights.
Ayanbadejo, who will appearing in his first ever Super Bowl on February 3rd, hopes to use the media spotlight from the big game to promote his position against bullying and for marriage equality.
The New York Times reports that Ayanbadejo recently emailed gay marriage advocate Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik, the political director for Russell Simmons, and asked: “Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti- bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?”
The 36-year-old father of two children (with his longtime girlfriend) calls the message his “Jerry Maguire email,” and hopes it spawns action in the same way that the Tom Cruise character sought to rally his co-workers with an earnest “mission statement.”
He has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBT community for years despite rampant homophobia in NFL locker rooms and resistance on the national stage as well.
Brendon is obviously no stranger to publicly vocalizing his stance on gay rights and going to bat for the LGBT community. Wonder how long it will be before his fellow straight baller buddies will add in their two cents on the topic?