Aug 26 2013, 1:53am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
An ESPN report from Pierre LeBrun dated August 26 says Crosby believes in giving athletes an equal right to play, regardless of their sexual orientation.
"For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that way. 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 necessary something that I agree with personally...their laws and their views."
"Obviously, the NHLPA and myself are trying to support that cause. 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."
Crosby and Weber's comments come just a week after NHL stars Henrik Zetterberg, Victor Hedman and Patrik Hornqvist also opposed the controversial Russian law.
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed the law on June 30. It has a provision which allows the government to arrest and detain gay or pro-gay foreigners for up to 14 days. After they serve time in prison, they will eventually be deported from Russia.
This anti-gay law has sparked controversy on how it will eventually affect the proceedings of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, IOC President Jacques Rogge assured those involved that the Russian government will welcome them during the games.
"We have today received strong written assurance from the Russian government that everyone will be welcome at the games in Sochi regardless of their sexual orientation."
On his part, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said his country will comply with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination.
"The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Committee in its entirety."
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