Brendon Ayanbadejo Implies Miami Traded Him For Taking Paternity Leave

The fuss about Daniel Murphy missing two games to be there for the birth of his son seemed like a total nontroversy—the Mets were OK with it, and their fans were OK with it. (Seriously. It's two games. And Daniel Murphy. And the 2014 Mets.) The only people upset were New York radio hosts. But the debate on taking… » 4/04/14 9:27am 4/04/14 9:27am

Chris Kluwe Signs With The Oakland Raiders

It looks like our boy has finally found work. Chris Kluwe punted for the Minnesota Vikings for eight years, but was cut 10 days ago to make room for a younger, cheaper option: rookie punter Jeff Locke out of UCLA. In his time at Minnesota, he carved out a resume as maybe the best punter in franchise history. As the… » 5/16/13 8:42pm 5/16/13 8:42pm

Brendon Ayanbadejo Is "In Talks With A Handful Of Players Who Are…

It's perfect that the first NFL players to come out of the closet—indeed, the first active players in any North American sport—will do so after a protracted negotiation that resembles collective contract bargaining, except with less salary caps and signing bonuses and more public declarations of sexual preference. » 4/06/13 9:30am 4/06/13 9:30am

Brendon Ayanbadejo Was Cut Because He's Old And Expensive, Not Because…

The Ravens released linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo yesterday afternoon, after five seasons in Baltimore. Ayanbadejo spent most of his tenure on special teams, and never once made the kind of news for his play that he did for his vocal support of a Maryland same-sex marriage ballot initiative. So maybe it's fitting… » 4/05/13 9:18am 4/05/13 9:18am

Chris Kluwe And Brendon Ayanbadejo File A "Cockmonster"-Free…

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have been the most outspoken proponents of gay marriage in the NFL, if not in all of sports. This fall, they found themselves on the right side of gay-marriage referendums in their respective states, Minnesota and Maryland, whereupon both Kluwe and… » 2/28/13 2:35pm 2/28/13 2:35pm

Brendon Ayanbadejo Is Already Chirping About The Patriots' "Gimmick"…

Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo made headlines last summer when he very publicly announced his support of Maryland's gay-marriage referendum. Now he's opening himself up to an even more hateful bunch of opponents—Pats fans. (See?) Ayanbadejo didn't even wait for New England to finish its asskicking of Houston before… » 1/14/13 10:05am 1/14/13 10:05am

How NFL Players Found Their Voice On The Marriage-Equality Issue

When Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote his famous "lustful cockmonster" letter to a Maryland state delegate back in September, he wasn't just defending gay marriage: Kluwe was also sticking up for Brendon Ayanbadejo. » 11/09/12 1:50pm 11/09/12 1:50pm

Roger Goodell Is Cool With NFL Players Supporting Gay Marriage

No, Roger Goodell didn't take sides in the gay-marriage debate. But he told Politico he's not going to stop NFL players like the Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo from doing so, either: » 9/12/12 2:45pm 9/12/12 2:45pm

Thanks To Chris Kluwe, Gay-Baiting Maryland Legislator Decides NFL…

Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. probably had quite a weekend. After Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo expressed his support for Maryland's upcoming ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage, Burns wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that basically said football players who disagree… » 9/10/12 10:45am 9/10/12 10:45am