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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl



    Both Lewis and Harbaugh have been pushing the envelope on proselytizing while representing the team lately, on the field, during press conferences, from the Under Armour Performance Center, etc., etc., etc... As of yet I've only been seeing Ayanbadejo, like Birk, representing his political views on his personal time. Which brings me back to asking if anybody has a link to a confirmation that Ayanbadejo plans to use the Super Bowl as a platform to promote marriage equality.
    "A lot" is a two word expression denoting a great deal or greatly, as in "I like sunshine a lot." "Alot" is a lovable imaginary grammar monster. You can love a lot; you can love an alot; you can love alots a lot; but they are not the same thing.




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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Thanks Houston, I thought it was moved the other way around.
    "A lot" is a two word expression denoting a great deal or greatly, as in "I like sunshine a lot." "Alot" is a lovable imaginary grammar monster. You can love a lot; you can love an alot; you can love alots a lot; but they are not the same thing.




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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by Everything_Ravens View Post
    ok first, lets not just throw "social cause" out there like we are talking about health care reform. We are talking about men marrying men and men having sex with men.
    So?
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

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    If this is true, he should be bench for not fully committing to prepping for the game.

    You want to focus on this do it on your time.
    He did do it on his own time. He sent the email during his team designated time off. There hasn't been any additional activity on this story, but the players do not spend 24 hours a day seven days a week prepping. Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Terrell Suggs and others have all been active on facebook, chatting with fans. Justin Tucker has been posting instagram pictures like they're going out of style. BA has been trying to do something for a cause he believes in. Why exactly should that warrant a benching but the rest doesn't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Everything_Ravens View Post
    ok first, lets not just throw "social cause" out there like we are talking about health care reform. We are talking about men marrying men and men having sex with men.
    Women are also occasionally gay. And they can have sex right now as much as they want. The issue is legal equality.
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

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    I'd say the millions of gay men and women who's rights he's speaking up for on the biggest platform imaginable care. As do I.
    I don't oppose you and the other gay people out there, I support everyone's right to seek happiness, justice, liberty and equality. But I don't think a football game is a forum for this as there are 104 players on both teams I'm sure have something to say about something. I hope he makes a significant enough play in the game that they stick a mic in his face, then he'll have his forum.




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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Here's a more detailed story about what BA plans to do ....

    http://bruni.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/...he-super-bowl/

    I doubt very seriously he's not going to participate in team activities to voice his opinion. I bet he'll speak on it during press conferences, wear clothing with supporting comments, etc. but I'd be highly surprised he's going to miss any practice time.
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Some of you guys are such hypocrites.

    I keep my mouth shut when Matt Stover and Ray Lewis and Tim Tebow and whoever want to blab about their spirituality all the time. Hell, I *root* for those guys (except Tebow), both personally and professionally. More power to 'em.

    Go ahead and celebrate the Lord if you want. That's easy, and even though I think it's mildly irritating I look past it. Standing up to bigots - perhaps bigots like you - takes real courage.

    "It's a civil rights Issue. It's a human rights issue. It's not 'gay rights' -- It's just equal rights."
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    His definitions and arguments were so clear in his own mind that he was unable to understand how any reasonable person could honestly differ with him.




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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Bigfish, I'm actually not gay, although I see how my sentence was worded oddly. I do consider myself an ally to the gay community however and spend a good amount of time working with the very organization that BA contacted.
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Thanks for the link. I think the Baltimoreravens.com article was a little misleading. After reading the source article [ http://bruni.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/...he-super-bowl/ ] it looks like he'll use his free time in the next two weeks, and the resultant extra exposure due to the Super Bowl, to promote marriage equality. He also said he hope to appear on the Ellen Degeneres show AFTER the Super Bowl. Not exactly the same thing as championing same sex marriage *AT* the Super Bowl, as the Ravens in house media stated. I have no problem with him doing this, Birk doing the opposite, or Harbaugh or Lewis doing the same to glorify God. If any of them did that *AT* the Super Bowl I'd think that was bullshit.
    "A lot" is a two word expression denoting a great deal or greatly, as in "I like sunshine a lot." "Alot" is a lovable imaginary grammar monster. You can love a lot; you can love an alot; you can love alots a lot; but they are not the same thing.




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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    He did do it on his own time. He sent the email during his team designated time off. There hasn't been any additional activity on this story, but the players do not spend 24 hours a day seven days a week prepping. Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Terrell Suggs and others have all been active on facebook, chatting with fans. Justin Tucker has been posting instagram pictures like they're going out of style. BA has been trying to do something for a cause he believes in. Why exactly should that warrant a benching but the rest doesn't?
    Like you said there hasn't been any additional activity on the story, so I was just going off the OP.

    If it's like HR said, he just plans to wear a few shirts and talk about it in interviews when asked, okay, I have no problem with that. But "Championing" it seems like you're going to go above and beyond and take away from your responsibilities to prepare for the game, if not, than I don't care do as much as you'd like.
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    If he were to open his media day interviews (and thanks to this announcement he will definitely be one of the players with a crowd on media day) by reading a brief statement in support of marriage equality, that would probably be reported as "championing marriage equality at the SuperBowl." And it would be a total non issue from a football preparedness standpoint.

    I would bet money that whatever he does, it will be that or less. (My other thought is that he'll wear a NOH8 shirt during any event where cameras will be present. That would similarly be considered championing the gay marriage issue.)
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by ActualSpamBot View Post
    If he were to open his media day interviews (and thanks to this announcement he will definitely be one of the players with a crowd on media day) by reading a brief statement in support of marriage equality, that would probably be reported as "championing marriage equality at the SuperBowl." And it would be a total non issue from a football preparedness standpoint.

    I would bet money that whatever he does, it will be that or less. (My other thought is that he'll wear a NOH8 shirt during any event where cameras will be present. That would similarly be considered championing the gay marriage issue.)
    How it's reported and what is actually championing are two entirely different things.

    If that's all he did, so what.
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

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    Women are also occasionally gay. And they can have sex right now as much as they want. The issue is legal equality.
    The issue is legal equality! But when most people think about same sex marriage, be it men with men, or woman with woman they could care less about it from a legislative stand point. its a polarizing issue because of the effect that it will have on our children. The kids man the kids


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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Quote Originally Posted by Everything_Ravens View Post
    ....hey what ever floats yours man
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    Re: Brendon Ayanbadejo plans to champion same-sex marriage at the Super Bowl

    Sorry, I misinterpreted what you had said. Obviously you have more than a passing interest in this. Reading some of these posts is good for my perspective on this. This is the Super Bowl and there will be media interviews and a lot of hoopla. Not all the questions will be football related. I expect he will have an opportunity to state his position on gay marriage, which should not bother anyone.




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