Alex Ovechkin on Russia’s anti-gay laws: ‘I just support everybody’

October 1, 2013
(via @Ovi8)
(via @Ovi8)

When Alex Ovechkin was asked the other day in Greece about his opinion on Russia’s anti-gay laws, he declined to offer an opinion.

“To be honest with you, I’m a hockey player and I’m not (into) politics,” the Caps winger said, via the AP. “In this kind of situation you’d have to ask those (in) politics.”

The folks at NPR spoke with Ovechkin after practice on Monday, and before their chat they were asked by the Caps PR staff not to ask about Russia and gay rights. So, they asked about Russia and gay rights.

The question was whether or not gay athletes heading to Russia should be worried, and here’s what Ovi had to say:

“Nah, I don’t think so,” he said (audio here). “To be honest with you, man, it’s just a situation when people have rights and I’m just hockey player. I just support everybody and everybody have own mind.”

Ovechkin has Putin on speed dial, so I don’t think we’re going to get a more committed answer than that one. But maybe if we all keep asking him, he’ll say something different.

Ovi will be playing for Russia in the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, and he talked about being 0-fer on medals.

“It’s very important,” he said, of his home country hosting the games. “It’s huge for country. I know lots of people back home very excited, and can’t wait for it’s gonna start.

“I hope it’s gonna be different,” he continued. “We just have to change momentum because I played in two Olympic games and don’t get any medals. We just have to change it up and regroup ourselves and be ready for huge tournament.”

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Dan Steinberg · October 1, 2013

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