VIDEO: Billie Jean King Talks Russia's Anti-Gay Laws on TODAY
Tennis legend Billie Jean King appeared on this morning's TODAY on NBC and said she doesn't need to make a statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when she heads to the Sochi Olympic Games next month. She believes that President Obama spoke volumes when he picked her and two other openly gay athletes to represent the nation at the Winter Olympics.
"When we step off the plane, we are part of America. We are what America looks like," she told Matt Lauer in a TODAY exclusive interview on Thursday. "So I think President Obama has done an amazing job on promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been the all-time president for doing that, and he's showing the Russians, listen, everyone belongs in the United States."
Check out the appearance below!
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