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Billie Jean King Talks Sochi Olympics, Russia’s Anti-gay Laws on ‘Today’ – VIDEO

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who will be one of three openly gay U.S. delegates to the upcoming Sochi Games, stopped by The Today Show to discuss her thoughts on the added safety/security precautions underway in Russia as well as what it means for openly gay athletes to represent the U.S. presidential delegation.    

Said King:

"When we step off the plane we are part of America. We are what an America looks like. So I think President Obama has done an amazing job on promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been the all-time president for doing that. And he’s showing the Russians, ‘Listen everybody belongs in the United States of America.'"

She goes on to discuss what a protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws may look like while at Sochi.


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  1. wonder how tough she'll be when the Russians throw the first punch.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jan 9, 2014 12:10:55 PM

  2. power to her- she'll need it.

    Posted by: Gilbert | Jan 9, 2014 12:32:48 PM

  3. Good interview.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 9, 2014 12:47:19 PM

  4. Athletes don't give a damn about human or gay rights. They're only concern is being seen and participating in an Olympic venue. I'm disgusted that King would agree to go to Sochi when her own President has refused to go. Apparently her ego is so inflated that she believes all three of the "gay representatives" are going to change the heart and minds of the "burn 'em in ovens" Russians. I'm disgusted by her but most assuredly by Boitano who hid his sexual preference until it was convenient for him to bask in the limelight again. I'm boycotting Sochi.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 9, 2014 1:54:47 PM

  5. it's bad enough to get a 'this video will not play in your country' message. What adds insult to injury is that they WILL still play the advertisement before giving that error message.
    "We WILL show you a commercial, but we WON'T let you see Ms. Jean talk Sochi..."
    F*** YOU "Today"

    Posted by: glue | Jan 9, 2014 2:45:28 PM

  6. "usage restrictions" again :(

    I don't get it. I get the Today show over the air, and on satellite. Why can't I watch it here?

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 9, 2014 5:53:44 PM

  7. I think it's right they'll have notable gay athletes there in an official capacity. It'll be interesting to see reactions. But the safety issue is certainly a concern.

    Posted by: LJC | Jan 9, 2014 7:01:03 PM

  8. President Obama has, as usual, found the right balance in dealing with a difficult situation.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 10, 2014 1:20:43 AM

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