I am pulling for the Baltimore Ravens to win it all this Super Bowl Sunday! Why? One reason is I am not big on California sports teams. Call this a natural prejudice born of being an Chicago sports fanatic. I just hate to see California teams win! I hurts me deep inside…
The main reason though is two contrasting stories on how members of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl view LGBT people and their rights. This week 49ers player Chris Culliver had this to say about the possibility of Gay NFL players: “Ain’t got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff.”
This bit of unenlightened stupidity was followed by his wish that gay players only come out “10 years” after they play in the NFL. How big of you Mr. Culliver. This oaf will be playing in the Super Bowl this sunday. I will boo whenever I see his jersey. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-400_162-57566801/49ers-culliver-sorry-for-anti-gay-comments/
On the other hand Baltimore Raven’s Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is a huge and vocal supporter of gay rights. He publicly campaigned for the marriage equality law recently passed in Maryland and has spoken out in favor of marriage equality and LGBT families for years. In an interview posted by Huffington Post Brendon is quoted as saying that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told him “keep doing your thing. We believe in you. This is not a team that believes in discrimination in any way, shape, or form. You have this tremendous platform here. Use it. And go ahead and continue to be you, and grow and shape and change the world while you have the ability to do it.”
After I read this I knew I had to support this team. It is a rare thing for an athlete to so publicly lend his voice to the LGBT cause and even rarer to have a team and team owner back that player up!
This Sunday I will be a Ravens fan and I hope that Brendon gets a chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy over his head and gain a national audience for his open-hearted and loving views in favor of equality for all