Sidney Crosby against anti-gay law
Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com | August 25, 2013
CALGARY, Alberta -- The NHL's top player didn't shy away Sunday when asked about Russia's anti-gay law being adopted for the Olympics in February.
Team Canada superstar Sidney Crosby isn't on board with the Russian government's stance, underlining his support of gay athletes and their right to play.
"For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that way," Crosby said during a news conference Sunday to kick off Canada's Olympic camp. "I think that everyone has an equal right to play and I think we've been supportive of that. With the Olympics and the controversy around that I think those decisions and those laws aren't necessarily something that I agree with personally ... their laws and their views."
Defenseman Shea Weber echoed Crosby's comment. The Nashville Predators star and Team Canada standout is a supporter of the You Can Play foundation, which the NHL and NHL Players' Association also officially endorse.
"Obviously, the NHLPA and myself are trying to support that cause," Weber said. "Like Sidney said, the way we're brought up is different than how the Russians view it. We're going over there to play hockey and obviously that's what we're going to try and focus on."