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Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image
New York Times ^ | 09.08.2012 | Adam Himmelsbach

Posted on 01/25/2013 3:24:32 PM PST by a5478

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: athletes; ayanbadejo; baltimore; gay; homosexualagenda; marriage; nfl; paid
I am beginning to believe that there is a market for celebrity support for particular issues.

I'm not saying this ballplayer is one of them, necessarily. But the timeliness of celebrities who "volunteer" their support to particular causes is a skewed percentage to individuals who cast their voice to hot button issues with perfectly timed media attention.

Actors and those in entertainment would be more susceptible to nice financial deals to keep to a particular public script. Given the fat accounts of SEIU, etc., it just makes me wonder who is getting paid to say what.

Sean Penn comes to mind. Hugo was probably able to pay a princely sum for the friendship of a "big Hollywood American" to give him validity.

Because an actor or athlete is well-known, it doesn't mean their financial situation is secure. An extra couple of hundred thousand plus travel and expenses for a few years would be nice.

Just like politicians who make their living saying what we want to hear, it seems there is another psuedo pol group paid to stick to a script.

Perhaps a conservative celebrity is a rarity because we don't pay well.

1 posted on 01/25/2013 3:24:37 PM PST by a5478
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To: a5478

Perverts and their supporters are everywhere...........


2 posted on 01/25/2013 3:26:35 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: a5478

This “news” is obviously more important to the NYTimes than the hundreds of thousands of people who marched for life in DC today.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 3:26:50 PM PST by madprof98
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To: a5478
Brendon sounds like he has a vested interest in this issue. I presume he is gay or bi.

George W. Bush's daughter also has pushed for gay marriage. Several of us thought that in her ad she came across as a fanatic.

4 posted on 01/25/2013 3:29:34 PM PST by apocalypto
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To: a5478

This guy is going to be a hit in the locker room. Everyone want some attention. “Look at me”.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 3:49:14 PM PST by PatriotCause (California Sucks)
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To: a5478

This guy is clearly trying to justify his own homosexual tendencies.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 4:05:02 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: a5478

he and Chris Kluwe can get together and fumble their balls.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 4:06:58 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: a5478

8 posted on 01/25/2013 4:13:36 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

What is that?


9 posted on 01/25/2013 4:50:09 PM PST by j_tull (The smart money these days is in brass and lead.)
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To: a5478

Gay football = Touch (me) Down (there).


10 posted on 01/25/2013 4:53:34 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: j_tull

Brendon Ayanbadejo


11 posted on 01/25/2013 4:56:53 PM PST by kcvl
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To: a5478

Sodomites infiltrate the NFL.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 5:05:16 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: All

It’s not just the gay marriage issue.

Do you notice how perfectly quoted celebrities are who make a statement at just the right time? Their statements are perfectly suited to add their weight to the issue.

Conservatives who personally make a statement will be quoted with all the akwardness that comes with a natural response.

Whether Abayand agrees or is gay or has a cousin is immaterial. The point is I think he collects a little on his celebrity to lend his name to a perfectly timed, perfectly coined quote.

It’s a financial decision. Not a philosphical one.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 5:38:56 PM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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“[insert adjective of choice”] football is the new NFL.

what a joke.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 5:43:30 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Seriously getting tired of the NFL. What they did to Rush, the liberal owners, the commercials, the entertainers for half time, now this. I don’t know if I’ll watch the super bowl.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 5:47:34 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: apocalypto

Of course he sounds like he a vested interest in the issue. Every celebrity that is quoted on any given issue sounds profoundly vested.

I’m saying that his investment in the issue is the financial incentive he receives for his contribution.

As I said, notice the perfectly innocuous quotes?

Ever notice that conservative celebrities who might be “vested in this issue” (meaining any issue) are quoted in the most awkward light possible?


16 posted on 01/25/2013 5:48:32 PM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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To: stevio

The NFL has to play the game.

It’s the same game Jesse Jackson played with the Rainbow coalition. A corporation either makes a donation or sponsorship or face huge negative branding from the righteous Rainbow coalition for prejudice.

The NFL faces the same system with the liberal left orgs. What better way to gain acceptance for same sex marriage than have Big Strong NFL Football players come out in support of Same Sex Marriage.

The NFL is in business as an entertainment organization. They want above all to avoid negative press or accusations. It’s all a game.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 5:54:42 PM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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To: longtermmemmory

The NFL is playing the cards they are dealt.

What possible reason does a corporation for athletic entertainment have for entering the disusion on gay marriage?

Threat of bad press? Financial reward for celebrity quotes?

Otherwise, their objective is to meet their financial obligations and promote the sport.

Think about it.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 5:57:47 PM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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To: a5478

Well to me (and the majority of football fans) this is huge negative press.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 6:14:50 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: kcvl

“Hey, boy, you look mighty cute in that towel!”


20 posted on 01/25/2013 8:20:59 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: a5478

National Fudgepacker League ?


21 posted on 01/25/2013 10:02:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It’s not enough to hurt ticket sales but enough to lend validity to gay marriage.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 10:33:54 PM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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To: a5478

Back in the mid to late ‘80s, a Washington player died of AIDS - the guy on the news cracked a joke about how he had been a good tight end. Today, the news guy would be fired.


23 posted on 01/26/2013 6:32:05 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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