On Thursday, hours after the Ravens officially released Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Newsday spoke with the special teams standout about whether his prominent involvement in gay-rights causes had something to do with his release, Ayanabadejo took to Twitter to set the record straight.
Just a heads up I did an interview today and no way said I was cut because my views. I said my talk was louder than my production & at 36— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013
When you are not producing it is a fair move. You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the organization in the nfl period!— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013
Dick Cass and the @ravens had my back all year. Why would I say I was cut cuz my views? Makes no sense.— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013
Biscotti Harbaugh Ozzie &other folks in the organization called me & thanked me. I told them all it was the best experience to be a raven— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013
Here's the original quote from Tom Rock of Newsday:
"My bark is louder than my bite," Ayanbadejo said Thursday evening at the Straight for Equality Gala in Manhattan, where he and 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? … I don't necessarily think that teams want this type of attention."
Rock did write that the attention was just "one of the reasons" Ayanbadejo was released, and that "the Ravens insisted Ayanbadejo's release had nothing to do with his stance on gay rights."
Still, the overall message -- that Ayanbadejo was let go because he's an active advocate -- didn't go over well with the 10-year vet. But whatever the NFL may (or may not) hold for Ayanbadejo, he has bigger plans.
On a lighter note as one door closes another door opens. I'm excited for what the future holds. I'm am truly happy and blessed!!!— Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310) April 5, 2013