Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo recently spoke out in favor of gay marriage (it was legalized in Maryland by O’Malley but will be up for a referendum in November; it is very likely to pass referendum). Last week, delegate Emmett C. Burns sent a nasty letter to the Ravens on official stationary expressed how appalled he was that a Ravens player would dare support gay marriage and urging the Ravens to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions”.
If you thought the mayors were out of line to threaten Chick-Fil-A over their expression, you should think this is out of line too. I would write a retort but I don’t think I can match
RavensVikings punter Chris Kluwe:
As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should “inhibit such expressions from your employees,” more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.
The rest of the letter is in that vein and includes several expressions that I have never heard before but will certainly steal in the future. Obviously, your opinion of the letter will vary depending on where you stand on the same sex marriage issue. But even absent that, pretentious politicians deserve this kind of public response.
To be fair, Burns isn’t actually threatening the Ravens right now. And the Ravens would be in a better position to ignore this sort of shit if they did not play in a taxpayer-subsidized stadium. But I do think they should respond to Burns’ letter the way they once did when they were in Cleveland.
Oh, and the NFL season kicks off tomorrow, so now is as good a time as any to say, Go Packers!