In an interview with a Newsday reporter, now former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said the reason for his release from the Super Bowl winning team was because he supports gay rights. At least that’s how Newsday writer Tom Cook took Ayanbadejo’s comments.
“My bark is louder than my bite,” Ayanbadejo 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?”
Cook thought that Ayanbadejo was insinuating his release was due to his staunch stance in favor of marriage equality. Ayanbadejo and the Ravens were swift deny this claim.
“We are surprised that Brendon would indicate that,” Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne told Newsday. “We have always respected Brendon’s opinions and his right to express them. He was released for football reasons, period.”
Ayanbadejo concurred. He didn’t put up numbers that were expected of him and he was cut.
“I did an interview today and no way said I was cut because my views,” Ayanbadejo wrote on his Facebook page. “I said my talk was louder than my production and at 36 when you are not producing it is a fair move. You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the best organization in the NFL period!” Ryan Dixon