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LB: Gay rights support led to release

Updated: April 5, 2013, 2:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a highly visible defender of gay rights and same-sex marriage, told Newsday on Thursday he thinks his outspoken advocacy was one of the reasons the Baltimore Ravens released him.

"My bark is louder than my bite," Ayanbadejo told 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?"

A 10-year veteran, the 36-year-old Ayanbadejo played primarily ...

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