In the NHL, Russian player Pavel Datsyuk
of the Detroit Redwings, deferred to his religious beliefs when asked about Putin's anti-LGBT pogrom and the Sochi Games: "I am Orthodox. That says it all." Our Blackhawks
correspondent Michael Shoro
says that's not good enough and explores
the responsibilities that role model athletes have ahead of and during the Olympics.
We as a society tend to give athletes we like the benefit of the doubt when their character comes into question, even if the situation doesn’t quite call for it. This is especially true if that player is above-average at his craft. Sometimes, giving athletes the benefit of the doubt is justified; after all, athletes are people and people make mistakes. It happens. In this case, it isn’t.