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Ilya Kovalchuk weighs in on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘I agree, of course’
Leading as much as Sochi, Russia’s anti-gay legal guidelines are a scorching subject as a result of a) Russia has them, and b) that is horrible. Because the players seeking to characterize their nation head to their respective orientation camps, querying them about their stance on these laws has been a top precedence.
By and enormous, most have voiced their disagreement with these laws, which is sensible, since Russia shouldn’t have them. Pavel Datsyuk’s “I’m an Orthodox and that says it all” was probably the closest any participant has come to an endorsement.
That is, till Ilya Kovalchuk weighed in on Monday.
“I agree, after all,” Kovalchuk mentioned to TSN, via Sports Illustrated. “I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, however that’s our line. That’s our nation, so everyone has to respect that.”
I’m not fully certain they do. I don’t. I’d assume the gay community most likely would not, and especially the homosexual community in Russia. We would also all have something to say about Kovalchuk’s notion that it is a free world. In a free world, you aren’t getting imprisoned for loving somebody, final I checked.
In Kovalchuk’s defence, speaking out in opposition to the regulation would possibly quantity to gay propaganda, which is also towards the law. (Just one extra hazard of the free world, I assume.) But if that’s the concern, try the Alex Ovechkin strategy and simply dodge the question.
“Our job is to play,” Ovechkin said Monday. “I’d moderately discuss that.”
So would we, especially if your other option is giving a heinous, heinous legislation — one which criminalized telling a homosexual teen it gets better, as an example — a personal stamp of approval.
Meanwhile, different gamers spoke out against the law.
“It’s hard to enter a country that supports one thing like that,” Braden Holtby mentioned (though, if invited, he probably nonetheless will).
Dan Boyle was similarly essential: “On Russia’s stance, I don’t agree with it,” he stated. “I just don’t agree. I believe, gay or not, that shouldn’t change anything. Not an enormous fan of that.”
Sidney Crosby, ever the diplomat, put it extra delicately: “I feel that everybody has an equal right to play and I feel we’ve been supportive of that,” he stated. “With the Olympics and the controversy around that, I feel these decisions and those laws aren’t necessarily one thing that I agree with personally their legal guidelines and their views.”
Team USA is scheduled to speak later right this moment, and one assumes their invitees will probably echo Canada’s, since these feedback probably aren’t going to go over effectively in North America. Except possibly in New Jersey, the place the Devils public relations department is probably joyful Kovalchuk is no longer a team employee.