January 31, 2013
Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks up for LGBT rights
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo celebrates his sack against the New York Giants during the second half of their NFL football game in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

NEW ORLEANS, LA. - Brendon Ayanbadejo had said he wanted to use the Super Bowl to shed light on his pet cause: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

The former CFL star – now the Baltimore Ravens’ backup linebacker and special-teams specialist – got that chance Thursday.

And, boy, did he ever use it to full, loud effect.

Ayanbadejo cut to the heart of the matter with frank, incisive comments that surely will challenge both NFL leaders and players alike, and for a long time to come.

First the catalyst.

In another huge off-field controversy here at Super Bowl XLVII, backup San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver told a radio host he would not stand for having a gay teammate. The interview aired Wednesday.



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