Bears vs Rams Live Stream: How to watch live stream, TV channel, NFL start time,Back when he was an NFL player, Brendon Ayanbadejo was asked by some teammates if he was gay. the solution was “no,” but Ayanbadejo was happy to possess a conversation.
Ayanbadejo, who played for the Ravens from 2008-2012, was one among the league’s early, most outspoken advocates for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. He helped carry the flag to vary minds and lives et al. have followed.
In 2014, Michael Sam became the primary openly gay player ever drafted, but the St. Louis Rams cut him before the season started and he never played during a regular-season game. After becoming the Canadian Football League’s first gay player, he retired from football in 2015, citing psychological state concerns.
Bears vs Rams Live With Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib’s announcement Monday that he’s gay, making him the NFL’s first-ever openly gay active player, there is a new flag bearer, and Ayanbadejo couldn’t be prouder.
Bears vs Rams Live “Carl looks like the proper guy to hold the torch,” Ayanbadejo said Wednesday. “He’s a longtime guy, he’s a veteran player. i feel he’s the right candidate to normalize what a gay male within the NFL is.”
Bears vs Rams Live Nassib’s announcement has elicited tons of reaction round the country and globe. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Raiders, and players from round the NFL shared their support.
Bears vs Rams Live “The NFL family is pleased with Carl for courageously sharing his truth today,” Goodell said during a statement. “Representation matters. We share his hope that someday soon statements like his will not be newsworthy as we march toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We wish Carl the simplest of luck this coming season.”
Ayanbadejo has been listening to the reaction and has noticed tons of individuals saying Nassib’s announcement wasn’t necessary and is not newsworthy.
“I think we’ve to require the approach that it matters until it doesn’t matter anymore,” he said. “We get more progressive and more accepting as times goes by. i feel we’re trying to travel from some extent of tolerance to acceptance. they’re two very various things .
Bears vs Rams Live “Like with Robinson being the primary Black player within the MLB, Carl goes to be the primary openly gay player to play during a regular-season game. Hopefully, we get to some extent where it doesn’t even register, but we’re not there yet. These watershed moments, we’ve to celebrate and acknowledge them. Hopefully in 10 years, if there are a bunch of men that are gay, we do not even mention it. Maybe it’s 10 years or even it’s one year. i do not know, but the earlier the higher .”
Undrafted out of UCLA in 1999, Ayanbadejo clawed his way through the CFL, XFL and NFL Europe before landing within the NFL full-time in 2003. He reached his third Pro Bowl as a special teams ace in his first of 5 seasons as a Raven, and capped his career with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Ayanbadejo said he saw locker rooms evolve within the ir attitudes toward LGBTQ+ issues during his decade in the NFL. He partly credited that to society as an entire seeing more LGTBQ+ representation altogether areas of life – entertainment, politics, business. The more folks that declare who they’re , the more normalized and safter it becomes for people to return out.
Bears vs Rams Live “I think the great thing about the NFL is it’s really a young guys’ sport and therefore the younger players are tons more accepting and understanding of the fight for equality for LGBTQ+,” Ayanbadejo said.
Bears vs Rams Live Two people were the catalyst for Ayanbadejo speaking up – President Barack Obama and Brittany Spears. In 2004, Spears married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas . the wedding was annulled 55 hours later.
Bears vs Rams Live “She instantly had more rights than a number of my friends that had been in these same-sex domestic partnerships for many years ,” Ayanbadejo said. “They weren’t crazy with one another , they didn’t live together, they weren’t trying to boost a family together.”
Bears vs Rams Live In 2007, President Barak Obama was running for office for the primary time and didn’t publicly support couple . Ayanbadejo felt it had been time to be clear about where he stood.
Bears vs Rams Live “I was like, man, something has got to be done,” Ayanbadejo said. “I’ve had people question my actions. It just baffled me that folks can’t see the proper side of humanity, the proper side of history. It’s taken us goodbye , but you’ve got to understand all the baby steps and transformations that have happened in America.”
Bears vs Rams Live Ayanbadejo’s message in support of marriage equality in Maryland was shared and supported by “The Ellen Show” after a legislator urged Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti to silence him. Ayanbadejo did many other media appearances, including with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
Bears vs Rams Live Behind the scenes, he was also making a difference. One day, a stranger told Ayanbadejo that he saved his life.
“A guy told me, ‘I messaged you in 2009 and that i was close to take my life, and you sent me a message back telling me how special and important i used to be . You saved my life,'” Ayanbadejo said. “I met him 10 years later.”
A father of three and married to his wife, Natalee, since 2003, Ayanbadejo has his own company called West Coast Fitness, which owns and operates 55 Orangetheory Fitness locations mostly in California. He said that lately , he’s known more for his LGBTQ+ advocacy than being a former NFL player, which is ok by him.
“Being a footballer , a professional Bowler and Super Bowl champion playing for the Ravens, i feel that being a proponent for equality and equal rights is up there with my accomplishments of things I’ve done professionally,” he said. “It’s something I’m super pleased with .
“I think i used to be the proper person to hold the torch to fight for equal rights being that I’m mixed race and there was a time in America when Black and white couples couldn’t marry . That was the monumental Loving v. Virginia case. Knowing that I’m a product of that, subsequent fight was America was not telling people what races can marry , but now what genders can marry . it is the natural evolution. i used to be picked to try to to that for a reason then is Carl.”