Russian Hockey Player, Ilya Kovalchuk, Voices Support For Anti-Gay Laws
While Team Canada National Hockey League players Sidney Crosby and Shea Weber are speaking out against Russia's anti-gay laws, former NHL player and current Team Russia member, Ilya Kovalchuk is voicing his support for the discriminatory legislation.
He tells TSN (according to Sports Illustrated):
“I agree, of course. I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, but that’s our line. That’s our country, so everybody has to respect that.”
It's a free world...unless you're gay??
If you'll remember, champion Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva received a lot of backlash when she made similar statements in support of the anti-gay legislation and quickly backed away from her remarks citing a language barrier.
We wonder if Kovalchuk will be making his own "clarifications" soon.
We're curious--are these views that many Russian athletes actually share or are they under pressure from their government to show public support for the legislation? What do you think, Instincters?