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  2. ignorance sucks… if you agree please follow me I need more friends: @molasses_jones

  3. Would he have been do vocal if he had spoken against equal marriage? Methinks not.

  4. Are the anti-gay Christians going to burn him at the stake for speaking out for LGBT people?

  5. ‘…I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing…’

    well, now you do so pi$$ off, you ignorant nonentity

  6. Delegate Burns your career is at an end. Resign now and save being thrown out.

  7. GingerlyColors 7 Sep 2012, 7:39am

    What right have polititians got to interfere in the personal views of sportsmen? Is freedom of speech not allowed on the sports field?
    When it comes to race and LGBT issues it seems that American Football has a better image than Soccer (which is the name that Americans use to describe Association Football to differentiate their game from ours).

    1. That fat idiot Romney thinks its ok to discriminate too, so this comes right from the top. It’s like a nightmare out there where it is a) suddenly acceptable to be homophobic and b) civil liberties only apply to straight people. What is this? The 1950’s?

      1. It’s not the 1950s just yet…
        Social regressives still have to make it a criminal offence to remain where you are on the bus when a more acceptable citizen wants your seat.

  8. Let’s hope these dinosaurs are shooting themselves in the foot with their bigotry. GLBT rights are such an emotive issue Romney may have the advantage in Christian America. Obama is taking such a brave stance. We hope it pays off.

  9. Has the good “Delegate” ever heard of the First Amendment? Freedom of Speech???

  10. Chairface 7 Sep 2012, 9:17am

    Emmett C Burns Jr. wants Brendon Ayanbadejo to keep his opinions to himself. What happened to the first amendment? Has it been repealed? Or is it only for bigots?

    1. I’d like Emmett to keep his opinions to himself, but he has a right to voice them. I do question his right to demand someone else’s silence on an official letterhead. Did his constituents ask him to send that letter? Or was this his idea alone? I don’t see the majority of people from Maryland demanding a football player be denied his freedom of speech.

  11. I suggest that Mr Burns be told to mind his own damned business.

  12. Palin on the Fears. 7 Sep 2012, 9:28am

    Member, National Baptist Convention

    Need one say more than religious homophobe?

    1. Palin on the Fears. 7 Sep 2012, 9:33am

      Mr. Burns Jr was also a member of the Task Force to Study the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions,although I rather suspect that his own particular cult was decidedly off limits.

  13. Hypocrite!

    To who do the supporters of LGBT equality complain to about Delegate Emmett C Burns Jr, of Baltimore County,

    To believe he has the influence to dictate his beliefs and opinion in demanding Brendon Ayanbadejo
    be punished by his employer!
    For “His” personal advocated belief expressed as an “independent pro equality supporter!. he did not speak or represent the opinions or policy of the Ravens team or management in any way.

    Why does Mr.Burns feel his petulant anti equality opinion is more valid and justified cause for punishment of Mr. Ayanbadeho an upstanding advocate of pro-equality?.

    Surely better men than Mr. Burns would have “respectfully agree to disagree” and let live

  14. Spanner1960 7 Sep 2012, 11:32am

    Is it me, or are PN just being their usual attention grabbing selves again?
    When I saw the words “attacked by delegate”, I assumed physical violence, not some snivelling letter to the boss complaining.

  15. Har Davids 7 Sep 2012, 11:54am

    Wasn’t there this little thing called ‘freedom of speech’ and is the delegate serious about this footballer being punished for speaking out? As if being a homophobe is not bad enough.

  16. Poor Mr Burns, obviously scared that the more people who speak out in favour of equality, the more his prejudice and lies will be shown up for what they are – false, spiteful and backward.

    Well done, Mr Ayanbadejo!

  17. “…he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”

    Injurious? Speaking up for equality is ‘injurious’? What century does this specimen think he’s living in?

  18. Yes Mr Burns, because everybody who plays sports professionally has to be an emotionless robot, with no other purpose in life than to play that one sport non stop, day in day out.
    Nobody is allowed individual thoughts outside those approved by Delegate Burns. And should anyone commit such a heinous crime, they must be beaten back into line.
    What I find worst about this is the fact that Delegate Burns says “many” of his constituents, and “many” sports fans agree with him.
    Is that many, as in ‘lots of others’? Or many, as a euphemism for ‘none what-so-ever’?

  19. So much for his first amendment rights.

  20. there are a lot of us football fans who ARE LGBT and go to games with our partners…we just SEEM to be invisible at games, I guess.

  21. one.second 7 Sep 2012, 2:49pm

    So America is the land of free speech unless you are in the NFL?
    What a total idiot this Mr. Burns is.

  22. My interest is with how Steven Disciotti, Club Owner, responded.

  23. Didn’t this Delegate take an oath to uphold the constitution?

  24. Dr. Michael P. Burns 13 Sep 2012, 7:40am

    Perhaps you are all missing the point.
    Maybe Delegate Burns is in the closet and wants to generate more publicity for our community in his own twisted way.
    No smoke without fire…
    Delegate Burns is a disgrace to the Burns Clan and brings dishonor to the Name.

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