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Ravens linebacker gets OK from Steelers fans

In perhaps the first-ever agreement between a Baltimore Ravens player and fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said he received supportive emails from Steelers fans as he was criticized by a state delegate for his public campaign for same-sex marriage.

“You’ve probably heard that recently a Maryland state delegate sent a letter to my team’s owner asking him to silence me in my support of marriage equality,” Ayanbadejo wrote in an email sent by Marylanders for Marriage Equality. “Well guess what? I was not silenced. In fact, what happened instead was pretty amazing – thousands of people joined me and spoke out in support of marriage equality.

“I even received messages from Steelers fans!”

Del. Emmett C. Burns, D-Baltimore County, wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that said the delegate was “appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens football team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other.”

He demanded that Bisciotti “inhibit such expressions from your employee.”

Burns has since backed off his demand. Ayanbadejo said the delegate’s letter had the opposite effect he may have intended.

“This is just the beginning,” he said in the email. “This is about freedom of speech and equality for all. We have an opportunity now to stand up and speak out. We have to have the resources to fight back and win marriage equality.”

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

One comment

  1. OK, so Steeler fans are not ALL bad (heavy emphasis on “ALL”)