Three-time U.S. National Champion figure skater Jeremy Abbott is experiencing a social media backlash that may reach epic proportions, for comments he made to The Denver Post about Sochi and Russia’s anti-gay law:
“Russia is hosting us,” Abbott said. “I’m not going to go into somebody’s house and be like, ‘Um, the way you decorate is hideous, and you need to completely redo this or I’m never coming back.’ It’s a little rude, so I don’t want to say bad things about a country that’s hosting the world, essentially.”
“Maybe I don’t agree with their policies, and maybe I don’t agree with some things, but that’s for them to sort out. My speaking out just makes me look like an ass.”
No, Jeremy, those comments make you like an ass. A clueless ass. If you went into somebody’s house and they were beating a gay teenager, would you say something then?
And he’s against a boycott, and while most athletes agree, he proves again that he has no idea what’s at issue.
“Thank God, being an athlete and having trained so long for this, I would just be crushed if that was taken away,” Abbott said. “Pulling athletes out of a competitive event isn’t going to solve some country’s political disputes. It’s only going to affect the athletes, and it’s not going to do anything to change their policies or change the country or change the world.”
“Some country’s political disputes?” This isn’t a political dispute, this is a basic human rights issue.
Apparently U.S. athletes are “being coached not to say anything that might upset Russia.” If this is the kind of ignorance that’s going to be spewed, maybe they should be coached not to say anything … period.