December 13, 2012
Brendon Ayanbadejo is well-known to Outsports readers for his strong advocacy of gay rights. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker has been a vocal supporters of gay marriage for years and was part of the successful campaign for marriage equality this November in Maryland. His stance is now getting a wider audience, thanks to Sports Illustrated. In its Sportsman of the Year issue (with LeBron James on the cover), the magazine highlights 10 “athletes who care,” detailing those in sports who make a difference and take on causes. Ayanbadejo was selected for his support for gay rights. The article is not online, but here is an excerpt: The Baltimore locker room isn’t quite there yet. When three fundamentalist teammates staged what Ayanbadejo called “an intervention,” he whipped out (a pro-gay marriage letter from a) minister. When teammates use an expression like “that’s so gay,” he’ll get in their faces so reliably that many now reflexively add, “Sorry, B.A.!”