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Local politician wants Ravens to silence Ayanbadejo

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Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has proudly and publicly supported the battle for same-sex marriage in Maryland, which was legalized earlier this year but faces a ballot initiative in November. If you follow the chatty linebacker on Twitter, you know that he has no qualms about speaking his mind on pretty much everything.

But according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo!, a local politician wants Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to make B.A. zip it. Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat from Baltimore County, sent a letter to Bisciotti saying that his constituents "are appalled and aghast" that a Ravens player "would step into this controversial divide.”

"I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football player," Burns wrote in the letter that was first obtained by WBAL. "Many of my constituents and your football supporters are 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. 

"Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement," Burns continued. "I believe Mr. Ayanbadejo should concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base. 

"I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions," he continued. "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing."

Whether you agree with Ayanbadejo on the issue or not -- I’ll keep my stance to myself as this is not the Baltimore Politics Blitz blog -- I agree with a recent tweet from Ayanbadejo in which he says that he, as an American citizen, has every right to voice his opinions.

“Football is just my job it's not who I am. I am an American before anything. And just like every American I have the right to speak!!!”

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