Athletes often get criticized for not taking a stand when it comes to social issues. For years, guys like Michael Jordan were knocked for failing to come out and speak their minds when it came to important topics. But, now, we're finding out what could happen if an athlete decides to take a stand.

Recently, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who is very vocal about his political preferences, came out and said that he wholeheartedly supports same-sex marriages. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, unless you're Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett C. Burns Jr. (see a photo of him in the thumbs), who was so offended by Ayanbadejo's stance that he sent a letter to the owner of the Ravens asking him to tell Ayanbadejo to stop having an opinion on such things.

"I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Raven Football player," he wrote. "Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens Football team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other…I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions for your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist injurious actions."

Cease and desist?! Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriages, doesn't that seem a little, well, stupid? Yes, it does. So, with all due respect Mr. House of Delegates member, chill. We need you to cease and desist from sending anymore letters like this ever again.

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[via NFL]