A Maryland politician is none too pleased that one of the Ravens has dared to express an opinion on a matter beyond which X should be matched up against which O.
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has publicly expressed his support for same-sex marriage and gay rights. In fact, he appeared in a video to show his support last year. But Ayanbadejo didnt change his mind since then and has said so.
Which ticks off State Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr.
Burns has written Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti demanding that he tell his player to shut up about same-sex marriage.
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 another, Burns letter read in part.
I am requesting that you take the necessary action to inhibit such expressions from your employee.
Burns also wrote that he hadnt heard of any other NFL player taking a public stance on the issue like this.
Burns must not have looked very hard, because a quick Google search turned up Texans linebacker Connor Barwin as another supporter of same-sex marriage.
Most media outlets that have reported this story -- such as Pro Football Talk -- take the quite reasonable stance that Ayanbadejo didn't lose his right to make his opinions known when he put on an NFL jersey.