A Maryland delegate has changed his stance regarding his attempt to silence Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who had supported gay rights, the Baltimore Sun reported. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said Ayanbadejo should be allowed to speak his mind regarding his support of same-sex marriage.. "Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Burns told the Sun. "And I have my First Amendment rights. ... Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds." Burns Jr. gained national attention when he wrote to Ravens owner Steven Disciotti on Maryland House letterhead saying that Ayanbadejo should be sanctioned for speaking out.