Following this, another NFL player, Viking punter Chris Kluwe wrote a scathing op-ed in support of both Ayanbadejo’s rights of free speech as well as gay marriage. Much of Kluwe’s letter is expletive laden, however the tone is as follows,
“As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom…” he goes on to criticize Burns for using his position as an elected official to intimidate people from using their Constitutional rights.
Earlier this week, San Francisco 49ers player Chris Culliver said he would not welcome a gay teammate saying, “We don’t have any gay guys on the team. They gotta get up outta here if they do. Can’t be with sweet stuff.” He also said that if a player was gay he should keep it to himself and, “Come out 10 years later after that.”
The 49ers quickly released a statement saying the team did not support his comments and that he was in no way a spokesman for the team or its views.