When asked about Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr.’s letter calling for the NFL to silence Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo’s public support for gay marriage, commissioner Roger Goodell had a basic and straight-forward answer.
“I think in this day and age, people are going to speak up about what they think is important. They speak as individuals and that’s an important part of democracy,” Goodell said at Politico’s Playbook’s Lunch.
Goodell is only the latest from the organization to back Ayanbadejo, including his teammates and most famously Chris Kluwe from the Minnesota Vikings, who wrote a scathing letter lambasting and berating Burns. The politician has since backed down from his original vitriol, stating that Ayanbadejo “has the right to speak his mind.”
You can view Goodell’s comments in the video below: