Zetterberg, Hedman criticize Russian anti-gay laws
Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman and Swedish forward Henrik Zetterberg are all but guaranteed a spot on the men's hockey team at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. They've also gone on the record in the Swedish press lately criticizing Russia's controversial anti-gay laws.
"That's completely wrong, we're all humans. No one should have a say in what way you're sexually oriented," Victor Hedman told Aftonbladet's Linus Norberg this week, when asked about Russia's bans on 'propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations'.
It's a sentiment that Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg echoed. "Awful, just awful," responded Zetterberg when asked about the discriminatory laws. "I think that everyone should be able to be themselves. It's unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia."
Hedman went even further, and indicated that he'd support the Swedish Olympic Committee if they decided to "take a stand" against the discriminatory Russian laws.
"The Olympics is there for a reason," responded Hedman "and everyone should be able to participate and be themselves. Everyone should stand up for homosexuals' rights."
Earlier this week Swedish goaltender and You Can Play spokesperson Henrik Lundqvist declined to comment on Russia's anti-gay laws, opining that "when it comes to the Olympics, I think you should focus on the the sport."
(Translation courtesy @Tsetse_fly)