In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Billie Jean King said that the US Sochi delegation might wave rainbow flags.
“Maybe we should wave rainbow flags or something, I don’t know,” she said, drawing an analogy to the Black Power salute – a raised fist – given by two American athletes at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. “As long as we’re not being malicious,” she said, “we can show our feelings.” President Obama named the former tennis champion, who is gay, to the American delegation at the Olympics earlier this week. “I’m very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman,” she said. “I’m thrilled.” Russia’s hosting of the Olympics has been surrounded by controversy in large measure because of a law enacted earlier this year banning gay “propaganda,” which has contributed to many gay Russians fleeing the country. “I’m not real big on boycotting,” King told Amanpour. “It has to be absolutely a last resort.”
King went on to hope that she is provided “good security.”