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Amaechi: Olympians Speak Up, Out

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Gay former b-baller John Amaechi’s on a new mission.

The Briton will travel to China this summer as Amnesty International’s sports ambassador. And, knowing that many people oppose China’s questionable human rights policies, or lack thereof, Amaechi’s instructing athletes to join the debate:

People who have issues with the policies and behavior of the Chinese authorities should speak out.

I would encourage athletes not to distract themselves by burying themselves in the facts and figures and legislation of China but simply to acknowledge that being an ambassador for human rights in China is the most Olympian thing to do. Anything less than that is not being a true Olympian no matter the color of the medal that you hold up.

To those of you who don’t win medals – feel free to keep a lid on it.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 2, 2008
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  • 3 Comments
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      J. Am, or Jam as I shall start calling him, is handsome. Not his best photo, but I’ve seen good shots of him.

      With the earthquake crisis in China, are they considering the negative effects it could have on holding the Olympic games there?

      Jun 2, 2008 at 10:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shabaka
      Shabaka

      My future husband right there! Smarts and sexyness!!

      Jun 2, 2008 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlabamaUSA
      AlabamaUSA

      John,
      I spoke to you at Borders Books in Orlando at your book signing. Being a pioneer myself in my backward state, I mentioned how important your coming out is to people in the deep south USA. Keep up the good work.

      SErnest

      Aug 10, 2008 at 5:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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