Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today the Baltimore Ravens will face off against the San Franscico 49ers, and while it’s the biggest football game off the year, it hasn’t been the only sports story to dominate this week’s news cycle.

Earlier this week, 49er’s cornerback Chris Culliver said on a radio talk show that gay players wouldn’t be welcome on the San Francisco team. 

Balitmore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo then responded to Culliver’s comments, calling not only calling his anti-gay language unacceptable, but ironic from a player based in San Francisco. 

Being from the Bay Area myself, that's something that we really try to preach -- love and acceptance of everybody. So I really couldn't even say anything negative to the young man. It's one of those things that you have to live and you have to learn. In the words of Martin Luther King, you can't fight hate with hate, you have to fight hate with love.

Culliver later apologized for his comments and, according to his publicist, will work with the Trevor Project following the Super Bowl. 

For years, Ayanbadejo has stood as an outspoken ally for LGBT equality, and sets a powerful example for LGBT and straight youth across the country.

Show your support for Ayanbadejo by sending him a virtual high five.

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