Four-Time Olympian Skier Bode Miller Slams Russia's Anti-Gay Laws and IOC Gag Rules
Four-time Olympian Bode Miller spoke out against Russia's anti-gay laws and rules that prevent athletes from speaking out against them on Monday at the U.S. Olympic media summit, the Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh reports.
"I think it is absolutely embarrassing there are countries and people who are that intolerant or that ignorant. It’s not the first time. We have been dealing with human rights issues since there were humans. My main emotion when I hear and deal with situations like that is embarrassment. As a human being, I think it is embarrassing...There are politics in sport and athletics. They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of that philosophy and all the different crap that kind of goes along with it and then telling them they can’t tell them they express their views or they can’t say what they believe is pretty hypocritical and unfair."