In an open response to the letter written by Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore County, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote that he was "ashamed and disgusted" by Burns' views and characterized the delegate as "mind-bogglingly stupid."
In an expletive-laden letter posted on sports blog Deadspin, Kluwe - who has been similarly vocal to Ayanbadejo as a proponent for gay marriage - took particular issue with Burns' assertion that political views have "no place in a sport."
"I can't even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now," the punter wrote. "The mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal."
"I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life," Kluwe later wrote. "They won't come into your house and steal your children. ... They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population.
In response to complaints about his use of profanity, Kluwe subsequently posted an edited version of the letter on his blog on TwinCities.com.
In addition to Kluwe, NFL Players Association president and former Terps and Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth and Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley have also voiced their support for Ayanbadejo's freedom of expression.