Brendon Ayanbadejo may not be someone who is well known to everyone, but the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens has apparently decided that he wants to use his celebrity to shine a light on marriage inequality.
Soon after arriving home in Baltimore after his team won passage to the Super Bowl, Ayanbedejo sent out an email that not only talked about the possibility of victory in the Super Bowl, but also to his efforts to promote same-sex marriage. He sent out the email to marriage-equality advocate Brian Ellner and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’ political director Michael Skolnik. Ayanbadejo wrote “Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti- bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?” The time stamp on the email was 3:40:35 A.M.
Talking to the NYT, Ayanbedejo stated “It’s one of those times when you’re really passionate and in your zone. And I got to thinking about all kinds of things, and I thought: how can we get our message out there?” Ayanbedejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe are the only two football players pushign same-sex marriage openly.
He also told the NYT that “I was raised around gay people in a very liberal society. Discrimination was never allowed.” He also stated “That’s my ultimate goal after the Super Bowl. To go on Ellen’s show, to be dancing with her, to bust a move with her.”