19 Comments on “Alex Ovechkin, the Sochi Olympics, and Russia’s Anti Gay Laws”

  1. “…we don’t have to respect other peoples’ opinions we have to acknowledge
    them..” That sounds pretty intolerant frankly but with respect to
    Kowalchuk’s statement the guy is comparing apples and bowling balls. Ilya
    Kowalchuk was saying that everyone needs to respect the fact that within
    his home country the government which derives it’s power by the consent of
    the people has the RIGHT to set public policy standards and laws as it sees
    fit. That is how it should be anywhere. You go RUSSIA!!!

  2. Wait, you don’t have to “respect” another countries laws or values.. you
    just have to aknowledge them? Correction.. if you are actually physically
    going to the country in question… you better fucking respect their laws..
    it’s a different country. What an American thing to say.

  3. OVECHKIN MUST GO TO GAY PARADE DRESSED LIKE GAY QUEER OR USA GOV MUST
    DEPORT HIM.

  4. As i Catholic, i Biblically support Russia’s anti-g** stand (i.e. vs the
    ‘sin of Sodom’).
    No excuses or reasons in the name of ‘human rights’ are Biblically
    acceptable.
    Remember: God destroyed the people of Sodom.

  5. ok, so you want Ovechkin to admit what, that he approves of gay people or
    that he does not approve? He was asked a question and he gave an answer –
    that should be it – it doesn’t mean he is not a “team leader” – I personal
    think Brooks Laich should have been our captain but that’s a completely
    different discussion. This is just one hockey girl’s opinion – I don’t
    understand why politics have to be involved with sports and/or athletes
    anyway.

  6. I think Ovechkin’s comment was perfect. These guys are here to play hockey,
    don’t drag them into this.

  7. Ban of gay propaganda among minors, is that a violation of human rights???
    can you see the difference, you faggot???

  8. I meant marketable “as” not “than”- Sry, English is not my 1st language.

  9. As has often been the case, gay rights folks attempt to hijack yet another
    aspect of people’s lives to forward their agenda. Notice how tactfully many
    players avoid injecting the issue into the game. That’s because hockey is a
    game, not a social engineering tool. The players are going to the Olympics
    to play hockey, not bash Russia for it’s societal ills (which are
    numerous). The idea that hockey (or any group) should be XX% gay to
    demonstrate tolerance is ludicrous.

  10. Athletes, actors, entertainers i.g. mostly get a pass on politics for one
    reason: The Franchise/Managment/Label they represent wants them to be as
    broadly marketable than possible. Now, those people also happen to have a
    huge plattform you and I (or certainly I, I don’t know what you do for a
    living) will never have in our lives. They can actually/possibly influenece
    someone’s opinion on a certain issue and help to change the world a bit for
    the better or for the worse dep. on their stance 1/2

  11. Yikes, I think you misunderstood a part. I didn’t say that hockey *should*
    be a certain amount gay, I said that estimates (from the study I cited
    above) say that male populations (in America, to be fair) have a certain
    percentage of people who have engaged in gay behavior.

  12. Ovechkin has no obligation to speak out against those laws, since-as Peter
    pointed out- it would probably mean a lot of trouble for him in his home
    country. I don’t know what his stance on the topic is, maybe he agrees with
    Kovalchuk, maybe he falls in agreement with the NHLPA. At the end of the
    day, if he’s against those laws and has the guts to speak about it, it
    would make him even more so a leader, more than he is now anyway. But as
    Peter said, this is kind of a Catch-22 for him. 2/2

  13. There’s nothing that Alexander Ovechkin could say or do that would make a
    lick of difference for this cause. Depending on his answer, however, it
    could have lifelong ramifications for himself and his loved ones. Russia’s
    a democracy. The people have spoken by allowing this law to be. I believe
    Ovi’s answer was the best possible way to handle the issue. Maybe when the
    Olympics are over he can take a stand in whichever direction best meets his
    personal beliefs. For now, let the games begin.

  14. He agrees with his country’s laws, the horror! This is sports not politics
    and I don’t get why they should be asked about politics either.

  15. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM says:

    FUCK YOU ALL MOTHER FUCKERS ALL OF YOU SONS OF BITCHES!!! FUCK ALL RACISTS
    WHO WANTS TO DESTROY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH FIRST OF ALL YOUR NOT EVEN
    RUSSIAN AND IN RUSSIA MOTHERFUCKERS!!! WHY DO YOU CARE ITS NOT YOUR LAND
    ZIONIST PUPPITS!! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!!

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