Former Vikings and Ravens center Matt Birk created an unintended stir last week, skipping without notice the Super Bowl XLVII champion’s visit to the White House.
After the fact, Birk attributed his decision to President Obama’s recent address to Planned Parenthood. Birk objects to that group because it facilitates and performs abortions.
Birk, who sporting a JaMarcus-style body reduction from 300 to 250 pounds threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Orioles game, appeared on Friday’s PFT Live from Baltimore to elaborate on the decision. Birk addressed among other things whether he considered showing up and communicating his concerns directly to President Obama, along with the inherent conflict between a two-party political system and religious views that don’t fully mesh with the platform of either.
Now that Birk is moving on to a new phase in his life, Birk said he possibly will do something that will get him invited again to visit the White House, presumably when a different President is in office. The Harvard-educated (like Obama) Birk, however, has no aspirations to ever be the man who lives there.