It's very rare that professional athletes stand up to homophobia, but it seems that (luckily) times are changing for the better.
Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has been very vocal about his support for marriage equality and even posed for the "NOH8" campaign. So vocal, in fact, that his "vocal-ness" just might have gotten him booted off the team. Ayanbadejo told Newsday, "I was a vocal guy and garnered a lot of attention. I brought a lot of issues with me to the Super Bowl and the issues came up at the Super Bowl".
However, The Ravens have gone on to say that they have always supported Brendon's opinions and that they let him go from the team for "football reasons, period". In another interview with the Baltimore Sun, Brendon went on to clarify that The Ravens were always supportive of his stance and even helped him with setting him up with "Equality Maryland".
Now that he has cleared that up, he is yet again in the news, and this time he has announced that not one but FOUR professional NFL players were going to come out of the closet in what he has described as a "monumental day" for gay rights. The Guardian reports that the four players are trying to organize themselves to come out on the same day and that Ayanbadejo was helping along with the NFL to get all the details sorted.
Brendon knows that not all people will be welcoming of a gay player but he said the following: "Of course, there would be backlash", he said. "If they could share the backlash, it would be more positive. It's cool. It's exciting. We're in talks with a few guys who are considering it. The NFL and organizations are already being proactive and open if a player does it and if something negative happens. We'll see what happens."
I can't wait to see what happens here, and it certainly is exiting to finally get some people to accept that there are gay people EVERYWHERE! Even in American Football!