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Former Maple Leafs GM Burke: ‘Russia should not be awarded another international competition’

Aug 23, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

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Often outspoken, former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has become the latest person to speak out against Russia’s highly controversial anti-gay propaganda laws.

Burke’s late son Brendan came out in 2009. Brendan’s brother, Patrick Burke, is the co-founder of the You Can Play Project – a worldwide initiative aimed at providing “a means for athletes, coaches, and fans to stand up and create an atmosphere of inclusion” in all sports for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.

Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws have angered people across the world, leading to protests and calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Burke, according to a report in the Globe and Mail, does not support such a boycott of the upcoming Sochi Games.

However, he does not believe that Russia should be awarded any future international competitions, so long as that country’s anti-gay laws remain.

“People should make it known that this type of bias can’t take place,” said Burke, as per the Globe and Mail.

“But I think a boycott is misplaced. A boycott punishes the athletes. If we say we’re not going in the face of these laws, I think that punishes every Canadian, American, Argentinian athlete that’s prepared so hard for these Games. I don’t think it’s appropriate.

“The appropriate measure should be that as long as these laws are on the books, Russia should not be awarded another international competition. In the meantime, they’ve got to guarantee everybody’s safety.”

  1. gunnerstaal - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Perfectly stated, Mr. Burke.

    • imleftcoast - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Completely agree. Boycott seems misguided, but IOC has to dictate to Russia how athletes and tourists will be treated. One incident, and games are over. What’s going on in Russia is pretty analogous to the Nazis actions in the 30s. It starts with one group being scapegoated.

  2. pftbillsfan - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Love it, good for you. Agree 100%. Wouldn’t go visit there though with those opinions, I imagine the gulag is hell for a former MapleLeaf

  3. bardown66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    He is exactly right, i really wish the IOC or any internation competition committee would bar nations with poor human rights records. Basically half the middle east, china, Russia, venezuela etc.

    • makemulletsmandatory - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      out of curiosity: which countries are eligible to host such an event theese days?
      USA and Sweden? Oh no wait “human rights” are violated also somewhere in Sweden.
      USA and Canada?
      Oh wait..

      Lets let Germany have it all.. or.. no.
      Israel? Hava nagila.

  4. sunderlanding - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Yes, this type of bias cannot take place. We therefore pledge a bias against any country with beliefs different from ours, and will stop them from hosting any international events. Because bias beats bias everytime.

    • bardown66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Oppressing someone based on sexuality, religion , or saying you cannot have kids are all absolutely horrible things. All the countries i listed are guilty of at least one and usually more. Burke is right, wow i really said that,

      • nicknyhc - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        …but the point sunderlanding is trying to make is it isn’t right to say “Any country with views different from our own shouldn’t be allowed to host the Olympics”.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Nick it’s not about “views” it’s about human rights.

        Russian law facilitates persecution and violence towards a group of their citizens (and many credible accounts coming from there indicate many authorities go even further).

        This isn’t about vague, nebulous morals its about basic human rights and what’s more is that the IOC is supposed to uphold those and use sport to further them.

        I mean we all know the IOC has no integrity anyway but when the Olympics are held in Sochi after the Russians do precisely nothing to back down it will be yet another disappointing chapter.

      • c9castine - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        funny that you have quotations in your post nicknyhc because i dont see that anywhere in the article. he never said “any country with different views than ours” he said a country that makes it criminal to be certain way shouldnt be allowed to host international events with athletes who lets be honest ill bet 5-10% of the athletes if not more are gay. (lot of athletic chicks are gay lets be honest).

        people need to start looking at what people say and situations for what they are not get their panties twisted up and make up their own version of things in their head to suit their own paranoia or self righteousness.

      • makemulletsmandatory - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Is it a human right to acquire children? “Every person have the right to a child” ; even if you cant make one of your own, are a junkie or a criminal. “

      • sunderlanding - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:09 AM

        Maybe so, but putting a bias against people like that doesn’t make you much better, and it doesn’t help people move forward. It just tells us to focus our bias on something else.

      • makemulletsmandatory - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        ” or saying you cannot have kids are all absolutely horrible things”

        The truth hurts.
        Gay people cannot , without artificial help / donors / laboratories , have children.
        Whats the problem with that?
        Its not a human right to acquire a child for your own pleasure/satisfaction. Its egoistic.

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      You’re acting like this is a difference of opinion regarding ice cream flavors, not the treatment of human beings.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    We are tragically approaching a point in our politically-correct culture where anyone expressing other opinions are marginalized and rediculed. It prevents a factual discussion of issues, and permits agenda and sound-bites to replace discussion.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      Sorry, whose opinions are being marginalized here – the Russians who’ve had their freedom of speech violated by their own government (and often worse), or the Russians who think being gay is wrong and that they have a right to trample the basic rights of their countrymen without undermining their standing in the opinion of others? Or perhaps those whose opinions are being marginalized are the outsiders who aren’t too find of gay people’s rights but don’t have the guts to come out and align themselves with an oppressive, undemocratic government and mob violence? I know it’s not the outsiders who support basic human rights because I don’t feel marginalized…

      And how is it not possible to have a factual discussion about people’s rights, or the IOC mandate, or anything else wrapped up in this? I’m genuinely curious.

  6. pensman29 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I no it was a long time ago. But guys, America had slavery, and after that blacks and other minority groups didn’t get there rights until 1960’s. now I’m not defending Russia because I believe everyone has a right to be happy and it doesn’t matter if your gay or not.

    What they r doing is horrible, but America wasnt perfect either

    • bardown66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      very true, but time passes and people move on. USA and most of western europe modernize…russia hasnt changed much since the fall of the USSR thats the difference. You are correct that everyone has or has had issues.

      • stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        what wrong with canada then? ( just curious with your opinion, because mine would be biased)

      • badintent - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        Canada enslave the Natives with forced relocations to the Artic Circle area with no shelters, no guns and poor clothing. Genocide.Canada Catholic Church had many priests that raped and molested many Native children . Canada banned traditional Native meetings and rituals. Canada still has Native reserves with chronic alcoholism ,high school dropout rates in the 80’s, and high rates of heroin addiction , especially in the Downtown East side in Vancouver(no, you didn’t see it during the Olympics in 2010, media was restricted from the area).
        Class dismissed

      • makemulletsmandatory - Aug 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        and do they have to?
        Remember, if it wasnt for the mighty internett, none of you would have known anything about other countries.
        and – WITH the internett, you trust everything , written by people you dont even know.
        You trust the journalists blindly, most of them are as close to communists as you get.
        8 of 10 journos in Europe are lefties.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      pensman, and back in the 1930s, when the US had lynchings and segregation, etc, the Russians blasted us in their press. We improved, and they can too. Education cures ignorance. Burke is right. Czar Vladimir is wrong.

    • dueman - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:48 AM

      @pensman29 – You say that you aren’t defending Russia’s laws, but then you bring up slavery and say America wasn’t perfect either? You know there is a phrase for what you did there you know – You defended them!

      For Russia to create those new laws at this point in time is absolutely ridiculous and nobody should be defending them period! They even outlawed rainbows – How idiotic is that?

      • badintent - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:52 AM

        They also put a navy ship in Syria’s harbor. Have Israel put a torpedo in it. Then bill Putin for violating maritime law for the ship’s sewer pump discharge.

  7. davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Sunderlanding their ‘bias’ is leading to people being beaten and in some cases killed.

    Attempting to make this into some kind of live and let live, “how dare you criticize someone else’s beliefs” BS is perverse to say the least.

    One set of beliefs has the consequence of gay people existing in peace (the horror!) while the other is resulting in oppression and violence.

    • dueman - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      Well said.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:23 AM


    • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      So the slogan should read: You Can Play (unless you have different views than us) “We are a means for athletes, coaches, and fans to stand up and create an atmosphere of inclusion” (unless you have different views than us). If they violate human rights issues let the UN deal with those incidents, but a belief doesn’t hurt someone. A person does, and that person, or persons, will be tried under whatever law is appropiate. I see no need to boycott sporting events because there are a country of people with different views than us.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        I don’t see any reason to boycott because of their views either. That beig said as I find myself having to continuously repeat, this isn’t about “views” it’s about human rights. Anyone can think anything they want about gay people, nobody here is claiming they can’t.

        It’s when they attack people’s basic human rights (and let’s be clear here, existing without fear of assault or murder, free speech, etc – those are right. Hosting an Olympic Games is not a human right) things change.

        You can’t just stand back and say “we’ll they have different views” because the difference is no longer just about gays, now it is also about whether all humans should enjoy certain rights and freedoms and the IOC has weighed in on that rather conclusively.

        You can say they are “biased” or that they “discriminate” but the difference is that the basis of this is values that people choose and not the religion or race or gender or orientation that people are more or less born into.

      • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Like I said if they violate human rights then the UN will have to deal with it, but if a country doesn’t want gays living there…shouldn’t they have that right? There are plenty of places for them to move, and if it’s what the whole of Russia wants then it is thier view. Sure if the don’t let them out of the country and imprison them then the UN should step in, but I don’t think sporting events should have anything to do with this. We can’t force an entire nation to accept a group of people if the don’t share that view.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Then don’t international competition organizers have the right to not have events there? There are plenty of other places to hold events, and if the view is shared by the organizing committee then I see no problem.

        I also am supporting the government financially when I watch, so I will choose not to support a government who beats and kills people because they hold different views.

        All in all, I think you should think through your arguments more.

      • sunderlanding - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        If it’s true everyone has the right to play then shouldn’t Russia? Even if there views aren’t the same as ours. The Olympic mantra is the right to compete regardless of race, creed, politics ect. The important one there is politics. Russia has the right to host an even regardless of it’s politics. Sure if they start shooting gays, or not letting gay athletes compete then there might be a problem, but all they have is a law saying it’s not ok to be publically gay in Russia.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        Jesus sunderlanding. Seriously?

        “if a country doesn’t want gays living there…shouldn’t they have that right? There are plenty of places for them to move, and if it’s what the whole of Russia wants then it is thier view. “

        No! If that kind of policy was enacted towards a certain group of people based on say their nationality, it would be what’s called ethnic cleansing.. you don’t need me to tell you that ethnic cleansing is a bad thing do you?

        As for the UN stepping in, that is hopelessly naive. Vastly worse human rights violations take place in the world with little or nothing in the way of effective UN intervention, besides I am pretty sure a permanent member of the Security Council like, I don’t know, Russia might exercise its veto and prevent the UN from interfering in their domestic policies.

        The IOC chooses who they will associate with and past choices have been intensely embarrassing to them for decades now. They have numerous valid reason to protest these Russian policies as they are not consistent with the Olympic mission (but they won’t because they are a money making organization and there’s profit to be had).

        Choosing to admonish or outright refuse to do business with a country that violates human rights is not discrimination in any meaningful way, and bringing up the “you can play” organization is beyond pointless since nobody is suggesting banning Russian athletes from what I’ve seen – the idea is that tacitly endorsing Russia by holding an Olympics there is a bad idea since the Russians have made it so clear they are not at all concerned with their human rights record.

        I would have thought there’d be nothing difficult to understand about this but here you are, defying logic and reason….

      • sunderlanding - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Like I said before. If they were lining them up and shooting them then there’d be a problem, and the UN would step in, but to pass a law that your country agrees with…If that’s what the country wants (most people in Russia support that) then why aren’t they allowed to do that? So long as they let people leave (which they do) then openly gay people can move elsewhere. They should have the right to be intolerant, so long as they aren’t actually killing peopole, but a people should have to right to deny other people into their country. That’s what freedom really is. It’s like my house. I should have the right to say “I don’t want gays in my house” so long as I’m not trying to destroy their house, what happens in my house is my business.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Ahh crap, screwed up my tags.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        You clearly don’t understand what’s going on – not what’s actually happening in Russia, not what basic principles of modern Western civilization are being violated, nor how the international community actually functions, not.. well I don’t need to go on.

        (One thing I will add is an observation of the hilarity inherent in your notion of freedom: freedom means the freedom for the mob to persecute minorities but not freedom from persecution? I just… I just can’t. )

        Obviously continuing to discuss this is a complete waste of my time (and yours although I’m not really concerned about that).

        Suffice to say your attempt to conflate the kind of bias that leads to the violation of fundamental human rights of large groups of people with the “bias” of the logical conclusion of an organization which is based on a charter celebrating those rights (and pledging to advance them wherever possible) is hilariously misguided.

        People do have rights to life and a reasonable amount of peace and a reasonable level of free speech and expression, nobody has a “right” to use government to carry out their own prejudices. Nobody has a “right” to beat or kill someone else. Nobody has a “right” to host or even participate in an Olympic event for that matter.

        Those things may happen but it doesn’t mean they should and it doesn’t mean anyone else should condone them.

      • sunderlanding - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Last I checked there were zero gays killed in Russia, and if gays are disobeying an obvious law by being public well quite frankly they deserve to be arrested. What’s next? I go to Singapore spit on the street and complian when I’m arrested, because hey…it’s ok in the USofA. Why would you want to go to someones house if they don’t want you there? If you can’t play by the rules go somewhere else. It’s a big world and Canada lets anyone in. Quit trying to put the world in a little bottle.

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Aside from pointing out that your claim that gays are not being murdered is false I will just say that nothing you’ve said here contradicts any of my previous statements, particularly my last one – you obviously have no clue what’s going on there or what basic, fundamental tenets of modern society are being violated (or possibly even why that would be a problem).

      • sunderlanding - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        People get murdered everywhere. I’m talking about the government openly executing them. Do I really have to say that? I mean gays still get murdered in Canada, so I guess we’re anti-gay as well?

  8. sjsharks66 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    If everyone competed in the Olympic games in Nazi Germany, I think they can do it in anti gay Russia.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      I’m sorry, are you claiming that because they held an Olympics in Nazi Germany 80 years ago it should be acceptable to hold them now in any social/political disaster that falls short of that one?

      I mean I can agree, I’m sure an Olympic Games can be held in Russia and a couple of generations from now most will agree it wasn’t the worst thing ever but that doesn’t make it good or right.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Sharkie, trouble is, not everyone was allowed to compete in those 1936 Nazi Games. Some well-qualified Jews were barred. Gretel Bergmann, best woman high jumper in Germany. The Nazis pretended they’d let her on their team until the US dropped a boycott threat, then banished her. Jesse Owens won his relay gold in part because 2 Jewish sprinters were set aside.

      • badintent - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        Marty Glickman, long time Gmen radio announcer, one of my all time favorites. Had one of the best times in the world in the 200. Bummmer he got canned by Hitler. But my dad wrote ” the real master race ” on every bomb his B-24 dropped on Nazi Germany. Karma

  9. earpaniac - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Except the Olympics should have nothing to do with politics.

    • govtminion - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      In a perfect world, they wouldn’t. It would be an athletic competition with no national issues at stake, and there would never be any talk of boycotts or anything like that because we wouldn’t want to overshadow the accomplishments of the athletes.

      This, sadly, is a deeply flawed world.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Everything is political – everything. Denying this is simply ignoring the way life is; every choice everyone makes is a reflection of their worldview and assumptions about life a d other people.

      Here is the Olympic charter:

      Here are excerpts:
      The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

      Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.

      Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.

      So yeah that is pretty political and explicitly the mission of the IOC. If only they actually lived up to it.

      • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:31 AM

        Maybe they don’t want to discriminate against someone on grounds of politics, or did you miss that part of the charter? You Can Play (Russia as well).

      • davebabychreturns - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Good lord, how many times do I have to repeat myself?

        So they shouldn’t discriminate on the basis of politics, eh? Next Olympics in Zimbabwe, the one after that in Pyongyang?

  10. badintent - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    in other news Burke sued Putin for character defamation to add his law suit against bloggers regarding his alleged affair with Hazel Mae.

  11. chanceoffleury1 - Aug 24, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    I know Burke is Canadian, but there’s been a lot of stuff going on about the same thing in the US, too. So this is more applicable to the US, but here’s the crazy thing about this world: The US (or any other country) can’t just go around telling everyone how they need to be running their country. I think these laws are disgusting and anti-humanistic by most people’s standards, but the IOC can’t just go around telling other countries what is “right”. Who gives them the authority to decide which human rights “matter more”? Because that’s really what would be happening if they let them get away with “banning” certain countries for stuff like same sex marriage. There are tons of human rights that need to be addressed in places all over the world. It really pisses me off that as a women, the US has some of the worst post-maternity regulations in the industrialized world. Why the f—k am I not entitled to even ONE WEEK paid maternity leave benefits if I decide to have a baby? Even Pakistan gives a required 12 weeks paid benefits maternity leave to new mothers. PAKISTAN! Yes, the same Pakistan that housed Bin Laden and is a third world country. And why in 2013 am I only making .75 on every dollar a man earns doing the same job? It makes me mad that women are chronically underdiagnosed in the united states because men are still used as the medical default. It really drives me up a wall that a woman’s firing was justified last year because her boss ADMITTED she was a great employee and the only reason he did it was because she was good looking and he didn’t want to be tempted to sexually harass her. The fact just this morning I was talking to a gay coworker who has been with his boyfriend for years that “You have to go to New York and get that s—t legalized!” when referring to their relationship, and the fact what I’m wearing still holds up in a court room as having ANYTHING to do with whether raping me is “validated” proves just how much the US is really pioneering this whole “world equality movement”. Equality is a bullsh-t myth of the United States culture. Most industrialized nations in Europe and Canada have better human rights laws than the united states. Human Rights around the world are not, or at least shouldn’t be, validated on a curve. “Well we’re not as bad as Russia/China/some other totally corrupt country with a ton of bullsh-t laws!” shouldn’t be a validation of the US’s lack of equality. The US is a fabulous place to live and I am grateful every day that I have been able to grow up here. But the fact that so many Americans (including our gov’t) are so concerned with what is going on with the rest of the world has left them completely ignorant to the fact that there are changes to be made back here. Canada and Western Europe have been making strides in gay and woman’s rights laws for years and the US is JUST STARTING to catch up. The US needs to be more concerned with themselves than they are about telling the rest of the world how they should be running their governments and countries. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, Speak softly and carry a big stick! To put that in terms of the Sochi Olympics, go win as many gold medals as you can so Russia never hears their anthem played, and then when you get back maybe start walking the walk instead of just talking the talk and make same sex marriage a federally passed law if you’re gonna yell at Russia about it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:18 AM

      I’ve not read past the first line in your missive, but here’s the first correction: You may “know” Brian Burke is Canadian, but the rest of us know he was born in Rhode Island and that’s he’s American.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Aug 24, 2013 at 4:41 AM

        Well then I guess it just makes my post more relevant, really. Upon further review, he’s a dual citizen officially. So we’re both wrong.

      • c9castine - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        probably a lot of sense to be made by him getting dual citizenship for an american who works in canada but spends a lot of time going back and forth. anyway, most of your post got ignored after you remarked about the U.S. telling other countries how to act. this has nothing to do with the U.S. government, but regardless we do have a responsibility to speak out not against other cultures or political structures being different, but against other nations government persecuting and committing violence against non-violent sects in their culture. period.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      This falls apart at ‘the IOC can’t just go around telling people what is right’ – as per my previous comment it is explicitly their mission.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:33 AM

      That’s what we need. More maternity leave, so we can jam more humans into this overpopulated mess. I say get rid of it altogether.

  12. nicknyhc - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    There also is no gender pay gap in the U.S. in 2013. Its a complete myth.

    I know that as a young woman in post-feminist America you’ve been conditioned to always see yourself as a victim, but try looking into these issues before you allow feminist trolls to dictate your views.

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Wow that claim is contentious to say the least and reading the article its basis appears to be some extremely narrow assumptions.

      Basically if everyone goes into every job because of their own motivation and top choices (doubtful) and there is zero discrimination against women (demonstrably false) then this claim might hold water.

      As it stands I wouldn’t attach my name to that kind of shaky logic but whatever floats your boat I guess.

  13. elitegold06 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I wish the world would stand up against Russia’s war on gay people and move the 2014 Olympics to Vancouver, Canada.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Are you certain that is even feasible at this point? Are all the necessary facilities available for the required timeframe? Are lodgings and ski, sled, skating, etc spots not booked? Security available?

  14. pensman29 - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No I don’t think I did defend them. It would be ridiculous too. I said that.

  15. northstarnic - Aug 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Oppressive laws/government policies don’t quite fall under the umbrella of “someone with a different/opposing set of beliefs.” The issue isn’t that any number of Russians (or Americans for that matter) may agree with the thinking that informs these policies. The issue is that these policies are discriminatory and threaten the safety, well-being, and freedom of humans. Nice try in attempting to trot out the old “political correctness is the work of satan” line, though.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 25, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      If they do something that goes against the human rights code of the UN it will be dealt with, but otherwise: You Can Play (Russia as well). Don’t forget that to not discriminate means to not judge people who don’t agree with you as well as the ones who do, or maybe you only don’t discriminate people who agree with you?

  16. skarfacci - Aug 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Don’t mix politics with sports. Russia can do whatever Russia wants. Last I checked, they’re their own country.

  17. stonefish67 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    NUTS. This whole PC crap is out of hand.
    Who cares if these maricones are picked on?

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      I love comments like these.

      “Political correctness is out of hand and I’ll prove it by proclaiming that I don’t care about the basic human rights of a group of people, with a derogatory slur thrown in for good measure!”

      So are you saying that “PC crap” is out of hand because people care about human rights (that’s not political correctness) or because the people who might have anonymously shared your opinion a few decades ago don’t have the guts to stand up and look like closed-minded halfwits anymore?

  18. stonefish67 - Aug 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    NUTS. This whole PC crap is out of hand

  19. atahualpaoxford - Aug 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Burke should shut the f**ck up…
    He can have an opinion, of course, but I for one am sick and tired of having to read about singers, movie stars, athletes etc etc opening their mouths about everything…
    Burke should concentrate in doing what he’s paid for: run a hockey team…and talk about hockey…
    If he’s so upset about what happening in Russia, grab a rainbow flag, head over there and parade up and down Red Square…

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Your issue is with TSN who called him up and asked for his opinion (which you seem to have no problem with him having it), then you can blame the Globe & Mail for printing it and then you can blame ProHockeyTalk for posting a link to it.

      As for Burke sharing his opinion, he works for USA Hockey (which is responsible for putting together an Olympic team) so he’s probably pretty qualified to comment on the Olympics. Then there is his doctorate in law from Harvard which probably makes him a pretty respectable source on legal matters as well.

      So I mean we’re not talking about Kim Kardashian offering her thoughts on global warming or something like that.

  20. desertfan - Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Bad intent

    Sorry but you are from a different planet!!

    Canadas Native problem is 100% a result of give, give, give.

    We feel guilty for some reason for their plight.

    The yanks just massacred them.

    We continue to give them free , free and more free stuff.

    They have no reason to work or take responsibility for themselves so we give them some more.

    A MESS!!!

    • davebabychreturns - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      They are a line item on the budget to white people.

      Really, what’s happening is the feds give them things that don’t even come close to fundamentally solve their problems (which began when white people stole their land and way of life – that’s something that continues up to the present day so don’t act like it’s ancient history) in exchange for white Canadians to feel justified making comments like the ones you have here.

      First nations don’t get what they need and continue to have the same problems, the federal government doesn’t give up anything that it hurts to give up, white people get to piss and moan and engage in their usual victim blaming, bootstrap fantasizing hot air.

      Everyone wins!

  21. dumbassgreg - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    people really need to look in their own backyard. most of the united states has law similar to russia. muslim/catholic/communist countries. still either kill, or go to jail just for being gay.IE cuba. if you start boycott countries that are anti gay. you are really left with about 10 countries about 10 states in the usa. people from maine and new york can be on team usa . texas and florida can’t. lmao

  22. samthemacman - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Shut up Burke! Enough of the political correctness. The Olympics and International Sport should not become political. It is for athletes and fans. Nations have rights to pass laws they believe in and the citizens should abide by those laws. There are laws in Canada I do not agree with, but as a Canadian I abide by the laws. The same applies here. If you go to Russia, you know the law, and the risk. You want to go there and flaunt the law, go ahead, at your own risk. But don’t come crying when you get caught for breaking the law.

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