Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns has sent the Baltimore Ravens a letter to tell linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to "cease and desist" his gay marriage advocacy.
Burns, a four term Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, said that he was "appalled and aghast" with Ayanbadejo's "injurious actions".
The letter, obtained by Baltimore station WBAL, was addressed to owner Steve Bisciotti and says that many Ravens fans and Burns constituents are upset with Ayanbadejo's stance and that football players should focus on the game rather than social and political issues.
Ayanbadejo took to his Twitter, @brendon310, and said, "Football is just my job it's not who I am. I am an American before anything. And just like every American I have the right to speak!!!"
Ravens officials have said that they are aware of the letter, but have no further comment.
Burns is also a pastor for the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, a church that he founded, and has been a vocal opponent of gay marriage since it was legalized in Maryland earlier this year. The bill faces a referendum vote this November.
Burns has also said that he would drop his support of President Obama after the President came out and supported gay marriage.
Maybe Burns has a point by saying that players shouldn't speak up on issues considering they are probably the last people you want to hear from, but what Ayanbadejo is doing is very admirable. He is speaking up for the growing number of people who support gay marriage and he has a right to do so and should keep doing it.
Del. Burns, in case you haven't known, we have a thing called the First Amendment rights and Ayanbadejo has a right, no matter how much you disagree with him, to say whatever he wants on this issue and you nor Bisciotti are going to stop him.
Keep fighting the good fight, Brendon.