Posted January 31, 2013

Brandon Ayanbadejo on Chris Culliver’s comments: ‘I hear it all the time’

Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XLVII
Brendon Ayanbadejo has been outspoken in his support for equal rights. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been outspoken in his support for equal rights. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has long been a very public supporter of same-sex marriages, said Thursday that he’s “not surprised” by Chris Culliver’s comments regarding gay athletes in the NFL.

Culliver spent Wednesday and Thursday apologizing for statements he made during Media Day — Culliver told radio host Artie Lange that any gay NFLers “get up outta here” and “can’t be in the locker room.”

Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of the gay community on several occasions, including last year when the state of Maryland voted to allow same-sex marriages. But as an NFL player, Ayanbadejo did not seem all that taken aback by Culliver’s comments.

“I hear it all the time, not just in the locker room,” Ayanbadejo told a herd of media members.

The 36-year-old NFL veteran also estimated that 50 percent of the league’s players “think like Culliver … 25 percent think like me” and the remaining 25 percent are “accepting” of the possibility of gay players in the NFL.

Ayanbadejo famously penned a guest column for the Huffington Post in 2009 entitled “Same Sex Marriages: What’s the Big Deal?” He was asked about his equal-rights push during Tuesday’s Media Day — before Culliver’s comments became public knowledge — but attempted to steer the conversation back to Sunday’s game.

“Actually, I talked about that so I don’t want to keep touching on that subject, but obviously we’re here at the Super Bowl and it’s the pinnacle of sports here in the United States so I just really want to focus,” Ayanbadejo said. “A lot of media stuff has come up with Ayanbadejo this and Ayanbadejo that but I think the most important thing is that I’m here with my team. My focus is on this football game and this is the most important game I’ve ever played in my life.”

Culliver’s comments, however, put the topic — and Ayanbadejo — back in the spotlight. This time around, Ayanbadejo relented and tackled the discussion.

He spent the majority of Baltimore’s 45-minute Thursday media session reacting to Culliver’s comments. Ayanbadejo said that he believes Culliver can grow from this incident — and hopes that San Francisco’s young defensive back does.

“The NFL’s not the real world, the Super Bowl’s not the real world,” Ayanbadejo said. “There are two teams, the whole world’s looking and one of us will be champions at the end of the day.

“But everything you do here will affect you for the rest of your life.”

30 comments
Charlie P
Charlie P

Those are some of the finest manicured eyebrows I have ever seen on a dude.

stabmasterarson21
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I seriously doubt 25% think like Ayanbadejo.  After all this is the dude who said it was better than Christmas morning when gay marriage was passed in Maryland.  Come out the closet, homey! ; )

meandmesa
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 @stabmasterarson21 

He has two parents of the same sex, tool.  Do a little research before you post dumb comments.

donald5
donald5

 @meandmesa  @stabmasterarson21 His comment was that he doesn't believe that 25% of the NFL thinks gay marriage passing is like Christmas morning.  Do you really think 1 out of 4 NFL players were dancing around like they got a new bike from Santa when gay marriage passed?  You have to be insane.

meandmesa
meandmesa

 @donald5   Well I'm so glad you have the pulse of the people.  It must be amazing to be so in tune with the world and have the ability to make assumptions that you presume to be 100% correct.  

stabmasterarson21
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 @meandmesa  @stabmasterarson21 Nice propaganda, FOOOLLLLLL!  Ayanbadejo's parents consist of a Nigerian man and a white American mom. Does that equate to two parents of the same sex?  LMAOOOOOOOOOO!

Bernard4195
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Ayanbadejo is so great, a real American hero, God bless this brave man for speaking out in favor or SSM.  Of course, Phil Mickelson is an awful person, a dumb jock, and he should shut up when it comes to political issues and just play his sport.  Hmmmm . . .

BlackSession1
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 @Bernard4195 There's a difference between complaining about how much your millions will be taxed versus marriage equality. Equal rights for gay folk is not a political issue - it's a common decency issue. 

Iowa
Iowa

 @BlackSession1  @Bernard4195

So what about equal rights for polygamists? Incest? Why can't a son marry her mother? Why can't a girl marry her pet hamster? Why can't Jerry Sandusky marry one of those boys from his camp if he and the boy want to? How come people aren't championing these causes too...equal rights for ALL, right? There's a reason why there have been standards on marriage for thousands of years. It's unabashed arrogance that today people think somehow they are so much smarter than the rest in the past to change that. And sorry, before the next person pulls the 'hate' card, it's not hate, it has not a thing to do with hate. No one is saying homosexuals have to drink from separate water fountains or sit in the back of a bus. It's just common sense that people have realized for years and years.

Mark V.1
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I sometimes wonder if the Super Bowl has anything to do with football anymore.

Rickapolis
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We need to very proud of men like Brendon Ayanbadejo. Very courageous. And, as it happens, living in the 21st century. Unlike Culliver and the like.

bigjimbalto1
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 @Rickapolis

 

Speak for yourself. Culliver speaks for millions of us who are fed up and sick of this gay crap. They have no place in football and no place in society.

meandmesa
meandmesa

 @bigjimbalto1  @Rickapolis How about taking the word gay out of it and replacing it with "black", "catholic", "special needs", or any other person who is considered different or in a minority position within this country .  Your comment reflects a serious lack of thought and demonstrates how little you understand the danger of casting aspersions on any single group of people.  Today it may be people who are gay, tomorrow it may be a person such as yourself.  Use a little common sense before you post such mindless dribble.

Rickapolis
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 @bigjimbalto1 I speak for the majority. You are part of a dying breed. You'll be left behind drowning in your ignorance and hate. It's not to late to start using your brain and think. Give it a try.

BlackSession1
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 @bigjimbalto1  @Rickapolis How were you able to send this post from all the way back in the Stone Age? 

ChrisCulliverIsABigot
ChrisCulliverIsABigot like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @bigjimbalto1  You are a poster child for sterilization.  You live in a made up society in your mind. Please do the world a favor and do not breed.

ChrisCulliverIsABigot
ChrisCulliverIsABigot

 @bigjimbalto1 You're an animal, too bad we can't euthanize you and your stupid children. My guess is that you live in a fantasy world where you cling to a magic book and believe there is a bearded wizard up in the sky that will make all your dreams come true if you only believe he is real.

Staz
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 @bigjimbalto1  @Rickapolis Considering that tons of kids start playing football at the age of like 6 and probably don't realize anything about their sexual orientation until at least 4 or 5 years later I don't see the logic in that. It's the same concept as anything else that people are born with they shouldn't be discriminated against because of something out of their control.

Staz
Staz

@stabmasterarson21 Not "way too early" but fair enough add two more years to that and make it 13. Adam and Steve thing is funny btw.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Staz  @bigjimbalto1  @Rickapolis Four or five years later, i.e. 10 or 11? Puleaze.....you had better not be thinking you're more into Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve or something happened to you, i.e. like a molestation.  That's wayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooooooooo early to be thinking of that.