Originally written April 04, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Baltimore Ravens cut ties with Brandon Ayanbadejo on Thursday, and the special teamer says it wasn’t due to poor performance on the field. Ayanbadejo has long been among the strongest voices in the sports world advocating for marriage equity. He was honored for his gay rights activism alongside Vikings punter Chris Kluwe at the Straight for Equality Gala in New York City on Thursday, at which he claimed that same activism contributed to the Ravens’ decision to release him. “My bark is louder than my bite,” he told Newsday. “I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around?” Playing a relatively thankless role as a backup linebacker and special teams player, Ayanbadejo rarely garners headlines for his play on the field. But his outspoken personality has created significant buzz, most notably last September, when a Maryland politician wrote a letter demanding that the Raven...
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