BALTIMORE - NFL player Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings is spending time in the national spotlight but not for his football skills.
Last week the punter wrote a letter in support of Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Ayanbadejo was recently criticized by Maryland State Delegate Emmett Burns for donating tickets to a fundraiser supporting same-sex marriage.
Delegate Burns wrote a letter to the Ravens ownership, slamming Ayanbadejo for what he called a public endorsement of same-sex marriage.
Kluwe told a news station Ayanbadejo has a right to support whatever group he chooses to.
"Um yeah because I see it as civil rights and a freedom of speech issue. I mean, people should be free to support causes like gay marriage and equality. It's really just kinda discouraging to see a state representative come forward and say, 'no, you should be silent because you're a football player, said Kluwe."
Kluwe's letter in support of Ayanbadejo was posted on deadspin.com .
Burns has since said he was wrong in writing the letter, according to theadvocate.com .
Information from CNN.
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