Winter Olympics: Snowboarder Comes Out, NHL Pros Blast Russia’s Ban, Figure Skater Calls Boycott “Rude”

sidney-crosby-the-hockey-newsThe Olympics aren’t for months yet, but our inbox is blowing up with sports news—mainly thanks to the controversy surrounding Russia’s anti-gay laws and its impact on the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi.

Sidney Crosby, a top hockey player and member of Team Canada, took a gingerly approach, saying the gay-propaganda bans in Russia “aren’t necessarily something that we might agree with” at a recent press conference. “For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that… everyone has an equal right to play. I don’t agree with, personally, their laws and their views.

Crosby’s Team Canada teammate, Nashville Predators star Shea Weber  agreed with Crosby but underscored its not the team’s intention to stir up any trouble: “We’re going over there to play hockey and obviously that’s what we’re going to try and focus on this year throughout our season.”

Screen shot 2013-08-26 at 12.40.21 PMOne Olympic athlete who managed to fit both his foot and his skate in his mouth is American figure skater Jeremy Abbott (right), who compared addressing Russia’s human-rights abuses to being a rude guest at a dinner party:

“Russia is hosting us,” Abbott

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