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Brendon Ayanbadejo: ‘Handful’ of gay players considering coming out at once

brendon ayanbadejoFormer Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is one of the most outspoken supporters of same-sex equality in all of professional sports. He used the Super Bowl as a platform for expressing his views on gay rights and anti-bullying and continues to work with the LGBT community to create a safe environment for gay players in the NFL.

Last week, a report from CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman indicated that a current NFL player is “strongly considering” coming out as gay in the near future. During an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Friday, Ayanbadejo said he expects that to happen soon, but with more than one player at the same time.

“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.

“Of course, there would be backlash. If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It’s cool. It’s exciting. We’re in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We’ll see what happens.”

According to OutSports.com, Ayanbadejo later clarified in an interview with Anderson Cooper that such an announcement may not be as imminent as he previously indicated.

“No, actually, what it is is, is there are organizations I’m in contact with, and there are individuals I’m in contact with and collectively we know of some gay players. And these players, some of them are anonymous, some of them we know who they are, but their identity is super secret and nobody wants to reveal who they are, and some of them don’t want to reveal who they are, rightfully so because it’s entirely up to them what they are going to do.

“What we want to facilitate is getting them all together so they can lean on each other, so they can have a support group. And potentially it’s possible, it’s fathomable, that they could possibly do something together, break a story together.”

Now this sounds more like something Ayanbadejo hopes will happen rather than something that is likely to happen.

Comments from people like Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons and San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver remind us that backlash is inevitable, but a group of players coming out at the same time could help counter some of that.

After the Ravens released Ayanbadejo on Thursday, the 36-year-old told Newsday that he believed the attention he has brought to the issue of same-sex equality in football contributed to the team’s decision to cut him. He backtracked from those comments on Friday morning.

“The Ravens have been backing me, they knew my stance for years and have been facilitating me and organizing me with LGBT and set me up with Equality Maryland,” he said. “They helped me. If they didn’t like what I was doing, they would have cut me a long time ago. I’m a special-teams player and you can find somebody to do what I did for less than half that value.”

Ayanbadejo was entering the second year of a three-year, $3.22 million contract. The Ravens insisted that the decision to release him was strictly football related, and it’s not hard to believe that when you consider the type of player Ayanbadejo is. Clearly he was speaking out of frustration on Thursday.

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  • Will Goody

    man keep your sexuality to yourself, sorry I can’t condone homosexuality because from what I know the good Lord couldn’t condone it.Just keep it to yourself

  • http://twitter.com/TroyMessiah Troy Messiah

    If this guy isn’t gay himself, it will shock everyone. Is he married to a woman? Does he have children? If so, I bet they wish he would just STFU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Rains/100003842367367 Tony Rains

    Who f’ing cares?!!!

  • ray alen

    the faggots are cumming together…..lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000300888194 Tim Benton

    Who cares! I could care less if they are gay, hetro, into sleeping with trees, the football or whatever. Just please bring football back, I am tired of having to sit through my wife’s home shopping network and all those stupid feel good movies where people try to get in touch with their feelings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.bethany.1 Martin Bethany

    Just another reason the NFL will cease to exist. We just want sports, no politics, no stupid agendas. Gays are not the mainstream of America and we’re sick and tired of having it pushed on us. Some of us don’t like homosexuality. Don’t like that, get over it and STFU!

  • Andy

    And they are doing this why?
    I wonder who, is it a Tight End? or a Wide Receiver?

  • nedmorlef

    no one has access to your bedroom. it is a protected right in america. please close your door and the issue is finished.

  • irtnog

    If you’re talking about Jesus, he didn’t say anything about homosexuality, not a word.
    And, every guy who talks about his wife or girlfriend, or who has a picture of them, or who brags about the chicks he’s banged, is doing the opposite of keeping his sexuality to himself. Why shouldn’t a gay player be able to talk about his boyfriend?

  • chris garcia

    Why is there all of a sudden this push by the media to out gay players? Because it fits their agenda that’s why. They just have to stir things up. Bunch of self-righteous jerks. I’ve got news for you. Nobody gives a rats ass about this issue. They care about competitive sports. Leave it at that and go the hell away!

  • wakeup

    We already know about Tebow, Flacco, and Sanchez. The other two players might as well stay in the closet.

  • mike of vero

    What’s next, a rainbow decal on the back of the helmet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.murphy.9400984 Heather Murphy

    Stay behind the damn door, we don’t need to know ur “sexual” preference…..
    Screw them….wait I take that back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.murphy.9400984 Heather Murphy

    God said one man and one woman…

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.murphy.9400984 Heather Murphy

    The gays are on a roll redefining marriage and now screwing up football…who wants to shower with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.murphy.9400984 Heather Murphy

    better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool…then to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

  • wakeup

    I’m a hetrosexual. I just want everyone to know that. I now want a parade to tell everyone that I’m a hetrosexual. Yes, my sexual preference is: female. Do I get a TV show now?

  • Justice

    So, having 6 kids, being married for 13 years and straight, am I going to get my equal share of press time? Didn’t think so-Doosh press.

  • Justice

    Don’t start trying to quote the Bible you liberal fraud. God won’t be mocked. You have plain english in the Bible on homosexuality, If Jesus is silent on it, it is already plain and decided. Admit the truth, grow up and do something decent with your life.

  • Justice

    Why all the “happiness” with the gay agenda, like rainbows and “gay” (used to be happy). BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT. Their friends in the press will push this to death to try to get everyone to think it is normal and fine. This is old stuff! It has been around for 1000′s of years off and on, with the same results. It is the decay that brings down great civilations, the destruction of values.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.b.christenbury Charles B. Christenbury

    Sorry, but the Old Testament is very CLEAR on this subject…and Jesus validated the OT by quoting it. Not to mention that he inspired its writing. You are clearly misunderstanding what the Scriptures say by insisting that since Jesus was silent on this he approved. This is a fallacy.

  • comment

    Well said

  • irtnog

    newsflash: the Bible wasn’t written in “plain English.” If you want to talk about “quoting the Bible” you might want to start there.

    Jesus said he was creating a New Covenant, which is why many of the Old Testament proscriptions (against mixed clothing, mixed planting, eating of shellfish, etc) are not applicable to Christians. The OT injunctions against homosexuality are found in the same place. You don’t get to say “Oh, yeah, God is clearly against homosexuality because Leviticus says so” and then ignore everything else Leviticus says.

    Likewise, the New Testament statements against homosexuality are not made by Jesus or by anyone who personally met Jesus. Jesus had plenty to say about divorce, however. Maybe you should be more concerned with the things Jesus himself was concerned with.

  • irtnog

    Jesus invalidated a lot of the Old Testament, especially the Leviticus proscriptions, by creating a New Covenant. If you think that’s untrue, then you should be avoiding shellfish, pork, multiple plants in the same field, cotton-blend and wool-blend clothing, and a whole bunch of other stuff. The OT spends more time on most of those things than it does on homosexuality. You might also want to reread David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel.