Outspoken LGBT activist and former Ravens linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo sat down with the Baltimore Sun this morning to discuss his recent release from the Super Bowl champions, as well as his same-sex marriage advocacy. And while he touched on a lot of controversial topics during the interview — including the idea that his views on gay marriage may have led to his release — the most stunning nugget was easily the alleged plan for four current gay NFL players to come out publicly on the same day.
We have been waiting expectantly for a current NFL player to come out of the closet for some time, especially after former player Wade Davis revealed his sexuality last year. But the idea of four players coming out, all at once? Not only would this be a bombshell and a major step forward for gay equality but, frankly, it’s genius.
Ayanbadejo discussed the details, which you can see below:
“I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo said. “We’re in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.
Indeed, it would be truly frightening, if not career suicide, for one man to come out and stand alone against a sea of people who may or may not have the same viewpoint as Chris Culliver. But four people? That’s a movement. That’s solidarity. That’s a built-in support system, which will hopefully encourage even more players to join them.
So far, this plan only exists in the words spoken by Ayanbadejo. But by giving voice to it, the concept gains strength and makes it even more of a likelihood. Here’s to hoping this happens sooner rather than later, so we can get back to just watching football rather than wondering whether one of the people tackling Tom Brady likes penis.