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Football and politics. 

Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo was released from the Baltimore Ravens yesterday after being with the organization for five years.

Last night he attended the Straight for Equality Gala in NYC where he spoke with Newsday on his release, but his words got a little misconstrued.

Newsday reported:

Ayanbadejo’s contract was terminated by the Ravens today after five years with the team. At tonight’s Straight for Equality Gala in Manhattan where he and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe were being honored, Ayanbadejo said his non-football activities were a factor in the Ravens’ decision.

“My bark is louder than my bite,” he told Newsday. “I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around?”

But, Brendon spoke with The Baltimore Sun just this morning to clear up all the confusion. In an excerpt from the article:

Brendon Ayanbadejo emphasized that he doesn’t believe he was cut from the Super Bowl champions’ roster because of his strong advocacy for same-sex marriage and gay rights.

Ayanbadejo indicated that he understands and accepts the decision, praising the Ravens for their support of him being an outspoken voice for gay causes. 

Glad that’s all cleared up. Knowing the kind of guy Brendon is, we knew he wouldn’t just throw his team under the bus like that.

For Brendon’s full interview with Newsday click here, The Baltimore Sun, click here.