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Gay NFL players to come out in a group: ex-Ravens linebacker

Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-06 11:18:03-04

Four gay NFL players could be coming out soon, according to former Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo.  The announcement “will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

“There are up to four players being talked to right now and they’re trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out.”

Cut after the last season, Ayanbadejo initially suggested that the Ravens released him because of his outspoken support of the LGBT community, but recently rescinded those comments.

Brandon Ayanbadejo

Ayanbadejo has called the NFL “the last closet in America”.

“My bark is louder than my bite,” Ayanbadejo initially said in an interview with Newsday. “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?”

He took to Twitter later affirming his support for the organization, however:

Ayanbadejo, who is 37, was due to make $940,000 as his base salary in 2013.  He played last year as a reserve linebacker and made his name as a special teams standout.