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Bob Costas Says NBC Won’t Avoid Russian Anti-Gay Laws During Olympics, Wants to Interview Putin

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics almost upon us, we’re faced with the big question of Russia’s anti-gay laws and how the media will address them. NBC sportsman Bob Costas has already broached the subject, saying that NBC won’t shy away from talking about the law and, in an ideal world, he would love to talk to Vladimir Putin directly about the law instead of having to insert his own commentary.

Costas was spurred to bring this up on Tuesday after his offer to interview Putin weeks ago was misinterpreted as a sign NBC wouldn’t broach Russian anti-gay laws while in Russia. Costas used the opportunity today at an NBC press event to clear up exactly what he meant.

“If Putin doesn’t drag his butt into the studio, then we’ll talk about it without him,” Costas said during an Olympics press preview. “But if he shows up, we’d rather talk to him. Wouldn’t you rather hear it from the horse’s mouth? I would. That’s what I was trying to say.”

NBC got some outside pressure to shine a spotlight on anti-gay discrimination and repression in Russia over the past few months, including from the Human Rights Campaign.

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