“My bark is louder than my bite,” he told a Newsday reporter last night at the Straight for Equality gala in New York, where he and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe were honored. “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?”
Ayanbadejo did admit that his field performance was not up to par recently, but added, “I don’t necessarily think that teams want this type of attention.”
A Ravens spokesman denied that Ayanbadejo’s activism was a factor in the termination of his contract. “We are surprised that Brendon would indicate that,” Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne told Newsday. “We have always respected Brendon’s opinions and his right to express them. He was released for football reasons, period.”
via Did Brendon Ayanbadejo’s Activism Cost Him His Job? | Advocate.com.