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Senior IOC member criticizes U.S. choice of gay athletes for Sochi delegation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ROME — A senior Italian member of the International Olympic Committee criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month’s Sochi Olympics.

Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)Mario Pescante

Dominic Favre, Keystone (AP)
Mario Pescante

“It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),” Mario Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting in Milan on Wednesday, in comments widely reported by Italian media. “The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.”

The Italian Olympic Committee would not confirm or deny Pescante’s comments, but his speech was reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport and the ANSA news agency.

Asked for clarification later by The Associated Press, Pescante said he is not against gays.

“Of course not,” the 75-year-old Pescante told The AP by telephone. “I just wanted to make the point not to let politics interfere with the Olympics. ”

For the first time since 2000, the U.S. delegation to the Olympics will not include a president, vice president or first lady. President Obama is sending three openly gay athletes – tennis great Billie Jean King, Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano and Olympic ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky declined to comment.

The selection of the U.S. delegation followed a furious backlash in the West over the Russian law banning gay “propaganda,” which has tarnished Russia’s international reputation heading into the games.

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As head of the IOC’s International Relations Commission and a former IOC vice president, Pescante said he will put forth a proposal at the IOC session in Sochi so that in the future when the Olympic truce is signed at the United Nations it also will have a section devoted to political protests.

“We’ve seen boycotts, concerns over Aborigine rights in Australia, the Tibet issue in China. It’s enough already,” Pescante told The AP. “There are always going to be issues wherever the games are held, but the best way to combat these issues is by letting the games unfold and sending thousands of journalists to these places to report on what is going on there.”

Pescante was the Italian government’s supervisor for the 2006 Turin Games.

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  1. fuck you mr. italiano.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:42pm
  2. exactly. we don't care what you think, senior IOC. we're not going ANYWHERE.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:45pm
  3. YOU ARE A BUNCH OF CLOSETS

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:07pm
  4. I don't like this idiot, but don't associate ethnicity with hate

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30am
  5. 1) Fuck this guy.
    2) I’m worried about how gay athletes will be treated when they visit for the olympics.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:45pm
  6. I want one marine squad for each athlete and each US tourist in Sochi to safeguard each one of them.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:09pm
  7. i wouldn't go to would not want to spend a dime on their economy. they dont deserve it.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:33am
  8. Idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:45pm
  9. He is just typical of the IOC, haven’t changed since their support of Hitler back in the 1930′s

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:45pm
  10. Elderly, out of touch with both feet firmly in his mouth.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:46pm
  11. SCREW the Italians!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:47pm
  12. Not all of us think the way he does. Italian born, gay and an American. But this guys shames us all.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:04pm
  13. Please, no offense to my Italian-American brothers and sisters

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:33pm
  14. Does he have the right to comment on others’ sexuality? Is it not a breach of their own standards?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:47pm
  15. Fongu ya bubbleheaded troll.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:47pm
  16. to bad

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:48pm
  17. Back wards FUCK we are strong minded and can make a statement how we want when it comes to injustice on a international platform we need to make it Known how wrong it is.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:48pm
  18. naaah nananananaaaaaa…kiss our grits mr.. :*

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:49pm
  19. We Are Everywhere :*

    Replied on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:50pm
  20. I hate him. He sounds like that Barilla sob.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:49pm
  21. Really. Sending them to represent us is a political protest. Since when is that the case. Seems like he is making a bid deal out of nothing at all.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:49pm
  22. Too fricking bad! You must be a homophobic MORON or one of those “closeted” cases that will do anything to take away the rights of people JUST TO PROTECT YOUR CLOSETED LIFE!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:50pm
  23. I think he’s bald because his head has been up his ass too long.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:50pm
  24. It is his problem . sorry stupid italian :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:50pm
  25. well they know what they can do with that comment IOC you and Putin can go ski jump without skis

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:52pm
  26. While I too worry about the safety of the athletes, I worry more about bigoted IOC nenbers, We ain’t going anywhere.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:53pm
  27. Who gives a shit what this moron thinks…..stay the hell in Italy for all we care duechebag

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:54pm
  28. His comment about not having politics become part of the games yet goes on to state that as a global platform over feet years this has been one of the major focuses.
    Surely, as a movement under United Nations it has and will be the world’s stage to highlight these issues. Or why not hold it in a country without any political or social issues which is under criticism?
    But suspect that wouldn’t leave any country free from this kind of criticism. Maybe the Winter Olympics should be held in Antarctica where no one has completely sovereignty.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:54pm
  29. WTF? asshole

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:54pm
  30. i disagree with him, but i do see his point.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:55pm
  31. TAKE YOUR BARILLa PASTA And shut the fuck up,and worry about your own country!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:57pm
  32. The IOC can go F itself those corrupt POS.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:57pm
  33. This is NOT about politics it’s about human rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:57pm
  34. Any US athlete that participates in the Winter Olympics supports Russia’s anti gay agenda.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:59pm
  35. no, they have worked most of there lives to get to this, they didnt get to pick where the games are held, they deserve to play in these games

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:44am
  36. We don’t need his approval.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:00pm
  37. I think it pathetic thinking – it’s more about a country sending over its best competitors and the best team representatives – Bravo!! to the United States and all other countries that will not intimated by the views of the host countries. My opinion is that the IOC should be defending the rights of all sports persons internationally otherwise their oath is meaningless and empty and should based on without judgement of color, creed and race and sexual orientation, that is what makes this sport exciting and that is what sport is about challenging boundaries, physically and mentally, not internal networks and more concentration on being drug free!! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:01pm
  38. Yes, Yes. Thank you for your opinion. We do not care about that opinion.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:02pm
  39. What a fucking moron.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:03pm
  40. shame on him

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:03pm
  41. I cannot understand the stupidity of this man. These athlete’s are proven excellent at what they do. They just happen to be gay so what? I’m embarrassed he’s italian.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:04pm
  42. Shithead toe-tapper!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:04pm
  43. Fuck that bigoted bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:06pm
  44. He doesn’t want the games to be political — that’s his “reason”. Well, then maybe we should have held the Olympics in a country that treats all people with basic respect and does not criminalize a sexual orientation. Tolerating Russia’s anti-gay views and behavior is the same as condoning it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:06pm
  45. I say To Senior IOC members Go Fuck Yourself! Back in the day the Greeks were a Gay society! And so were their Games!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:08pm
  46. This IOC rep, as the rest of the lot, is a complete idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:08pm
  47. CRY SOME MORE DOUCHENOZZLE.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:08pm
  48. they should be there Mr. Itialian IOC, if you had the guts! you would send Openly Gay members also.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:08pm
  49. WHO GIVES A HIT WHAT HE THINKS?? I am SO GLAD we have 3 OPENLY GAY athletes … all former Olympic medalists on our delegation … Here’s your bird Mr Putin!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:08pm
  50. This guy is an asshole. The IOC is full of abject cowards who disregard their own rules. He could never compete – athletes need a spine.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:09pm
  51. Newsflash: the Olympics are about athletes not sex preference.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:10pm
  52. Newsflash: Tell that to the Russians!!

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:59am
  53. Newsflash: And the Olympics charter makes it clear that any country that discriminates against its citizens on the basis of gender, religion OR ANY OTHER GROUNDS is not eligible, so read.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:03pm
  54. Okay and what are wrong with our athletes? Not good enough for you? Showing favoritism?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:11pm
  55. Those are the best in their class whether they are gay, lesbian, Bi, transgender or straight you friggin idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:11pm
  56. Who the fuck does he think he is. Russia is the disgrace. I am offended that the Olympics are being held there.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:13pm
  57. It’s a dirty shame because Italia has come so far with gay rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:14pm
  58. Whatever !!! Face Palm Mr. Insecure Italiano’ !!! Arrivederci Bigot !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:15pm
  59. You don’t like gay athletes? Too damned bad.

    Since this jackass is supporting Putin’s regime, it makes me wonder if he supported Mussolini’s in WWII. He looks old enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:15pm
  60. Aw you afraid of getting your a$$ handed to you by a homosexual?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:16pm
  61. Isn’t it funny that he criticizes the US for sending gay athletes but not Russia for making being gay illegal (for all intents and purposes). Seems this guy needs a reality check – and maybe a mental health check!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:17pm
  62. You should take into consideration he is probably a "good" right-wing Catholic and Berlusconi supporter to boot.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:08am
  63. As all the US appointed representatives have excellent sports credentials, it seems an appropriate delegation. The IOC has no cause to comment on our delegation.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:17pm
  64. Boycott all sponsorz of sochi

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:17pm
  65. Breaking news: out-of-touch, privileged, old white guy says he doesn’t want the Olympics to be political. Apparently, he doesn’t know what they Olympics have ever stood for. They aren’t just an every two year sporting event.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:19pm
  66. It is time for the IOC to stop burying it’s head in the sand. Host countries want the Olympics just for their own political agendas. It is time for the UN to remove countries that deny civil rights and other countries need to stop trading with them.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:23pm
  67. too elfin bad a-hole-you should’ve grown some cojones and condemned put in’s stance/laws

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:26pm
  68. Like we give a -uck what that racist pig thinks or says!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:27pm
  69. I wonder if he thinks people should also stop commenting on the abhorrent racist remarks towards Mario Balotelli, the Italian footballer. It’s just a sport, no politics involved there as well. The dinosaurs aren’t extinct…yet.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:28pm
  70. When this event blows up, it will be this ninny who was responsible for assisting it to happen. He should be condemning Russia.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:29pm
  71. Sounds to me like a bigot-in-hiding….someone needs to come out of the bigot closet!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:30pm
  72. It’s not as if anyone thought the IOC had any morals anyway.
    Disgusting.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:30pm
  73. I’m disgusted by this moron

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:43pm
  74. Fuck the olympics and the senior IOC!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:43pm
  75. I bet if the Russians had a ban on Italians and we sent Italian’s as delegates, it would be fine.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:45pm
  76. He looks like he just came out of hibernation… What a dickhead.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:46pm
  77. What a surprise, an old Italian man who is a bigot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:50pm
  78. he should to going and suck the cock of putin…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:53pm
  79. Read up on the matter Mr. Fish. LGBT rights have NOT been established in “a country such as this”. Fcuk your Olympic BS!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:03pm
  80. Oh yes, lets not let human rights abuses interfere with playing sports.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:07pm
  81. Hey IOC we think you have out lived your usefulness as an organization that claims to have morals and ideals and then hypocritically ignores them to make a profit.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:07pm
  82. Fuck him and the Russian bitch he rose in on.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:08pm
  83. Bite me loser! I hope the gay-it-up like crazy!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:12pm
  84. This does seem like a set up!knowing that Russia has anti-gay laws. and why would theses lesbians agree to be the sacrificial lambs. Its almost like daring Russia to either arrest them or discriminate against them so we can pass judgement on their country. What needs to happen if we are so revolted by Russian laws, boycott the Sochi. the Absence of the American delegation would speak louder than crying foul once they get there and get arrested. This is what bothers me about the Gay community, we look for homophobia in everything! and when we find it we want to cry foul. Its not fair to the heterosexual community. This is exactly why we can’t get the right to marry in the U.S. we are to busy looking for the fault in one another instead of finding the similarities. Lets not provoke the Russians to arrest any of our delegation lets try to understand where they are coming from, and if they dont like the fact that Gay people are everywhere then they can always move away from the problem. And lets get our country together before we try to run somebody else country. We have our own homop[hobia here to deal with. Let the Russians alone/4

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:25pm
  85. We understand where they are coming from. Scott Lively and his ilk along with Russians thinking gay = paedophile. Russia started this shite storm!

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:34am
  86. Again we have some people here in the U.S thinking the very same thing...Lets take care of us before we take care of them and stop looking for the homophobia in Russia and get it out of here ...America first, stop trying to provoke anybody into anything. So what are they going to do if these lesbians do get arrested and that would be cry foul and it detracts from our own situation, its the oldest trick in the book, lets call everybody else on their bull and we can continue our bull over here..

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:42am
  87. so what !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:25pm
  88. Few things: 1. Go fuck yourself, Sir. 2. We are sending masters of their respective events – is he implying otherwise? 3. I’m so proud of whom we’re sending, and why. 4. The coming together of nations for a worldwide sporting competition is nothing BUT political. 5. As a political leader his singling out of our representative sets a shitty example and a dangerous precedent, given where we’re sending them. 6. Kindly go fuck yourself again.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:28pm
  89. Oh who cares what you think!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:38pm
  90. The IOC is a gutless, unprincipled monolith – instead of picking on LGBTQ athletes they shouldn’t have given the Games to Putin’s Russia . If that is OK, maybe North Korea should be awarded the Games ??

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:46pm
  91. if the host country had refused to respect the simple right to exist of black athletes, would this git have suggested the guest country was being provocative for sending black athletes? would the games even be going on? it is apparently OK to treat LGBTQ athletes with disrespect.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:47pm
  92. F.u.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:51pm
  93. Well they can go to hell!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:58pm
  94. Um….he is sending the best regardless of orientation.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:58pm
  95. A senile Roman Catholic who never has learned the truth about homosexuality.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:00pm
  96. An asshole & he can’t count. That’s 2 lesbians & 1 gay man.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:01pm
  97. Bad language really doesn’t help, but those Italians should get over themselves!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:04pm
  98. Stupid comment. In the history of Olympics, the athletes are the stars of the Games. Spectators , president or not, generals, family, coaches and friends are , well lookers on. . Are there no gays in Italy? Ha ha aha..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:25pm
  99. FUCK YOU AND ROME! YOU FUCKING NAZI CONSPIRATORS.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm
  100. Ya well FUCK him …glad he’s not in charge of who the US sends …and to say the Olympics aren’t political is just a silly statement…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:30pm
  101. pretty sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:31pm
  102. If him and the other IOC members followed their own policy of no discrimination, the Olympics would not be held in Russia.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:47pm
  103. F him and the horse he rode in on!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:52pm
  104. The U.S. should not be going to this anyway. I am shocked that we have not boycotted this.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:04am
  105. Should have made it an entire gay delegation wearing rainbow clothing and some in drag.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:05am
  106. Interesting that he says politics should not be a part of the games yet that’s exactly what he’s doing. Unless I misunderstood something?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:12am
  107. how pathetic.. not only a bigot, but stupid too

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:32am
  108. Signor Pescante can go straight to hell.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:46am
  109. Seriously don’t understand the hate against gays. Smh

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:50am
  110. Who cares what he thinks.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:09am
  111. Bad to >>>>>>>>>>WORSE

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:11am
  112. Screw the IOC. Not watching.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:11am
  113. We should boycott the Olympics and just give our athletes gold medals for supporting “Human” rights. FUCK RUSSIA!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:30am
  114. S**T !!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:30am
  115. To Bad, Get Over it…There coming….

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:47am
  116. If the people going to Sochi got their places through merit and achievement then there is no problem. And im assuming that they did. So why criticize the US for sending gay athletes unless he is also one of these bigoted people against gay people. As for me in not, and i hope that all gay athletes in Sochi do very well. :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:01am
  117. The POTUS did what you lack the backbone to do!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:09am
  118. suck it up

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:24am
  119. screw him

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:32am
  120. And the IOC matters HOW exactly. Bigoted, nasty asshats.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:35am
  121. YOU’RE JUST A BASTARD!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:49am
  122. Quest’uomo è stupido! Inoltre, non molto bello.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:04am
  123. Okay let’s set things CLEAR about this guy… 1st: YOUR COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE ANY LAW THAT PROTECTS GAYS, 2nd: YOUR COUNTRY DOESN’T HAVE GAY MARRIAGE! SO THAT IS WHY YOU DO NOT GIVE A SHIT! BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:38am
  124. IT ONLY SHOWS HOW BIGOTED YOU ARE AND YOUR PEOPLE! Clearly you do not see any issue about Russia, and you do not feel any urge to stand up and protect those who are oppressed, why? BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW THE FEELING OF HELPING PEOPLE AND PROTECTING THE MINORITIES! YOU RACIST ITALIAN!

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:42am
  125. Oh shit, I HAVE WRITTEN THIS IN ENGLISH... I FORGOT THAT YOU DUMB ASS DO NOT KNOW ENGLISH! ILLITERATE IDIOTS! AHAHAHA, TRANSLATE IT!

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:43am
  126. If America is standing up for the rights of others, who the hell are you to stop them?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:50am
  127. argh, I mean it is already worse enough that you are not doing anything, LET ALONE TO SAY STUPID THINGS TO STOP OTHERS WHO ARE DOING WHAT IS RIGHT? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOUR BRAIN CELLS?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:57am
  128. How about banning him from the IOC ???

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:00am
  129. Right, unlike holding the Olympics in a place where it doesn’t snow in the winter

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:13am
  130. So? Are they less athletes? Get real, we all have many facets.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:25am
  131. Boycott!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:26am
  132. shut up

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:38am
  133. Dadaaaaaa,another dumb fuck!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:44am
  134. Put your face on your shit.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:46am
  135. He’s obviously a Berlusconi supporter…… And fuck him…… We have the right to send who we want to.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:06am
  136. Tough titties

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:07am
  137. He’s afraid they’ll kick some ass !

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:44am
  138. Dag nabit, why didn’t we get straight white supremacist extremists for Olympic athletes?!?!?!?!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:47am
  139. Message to Mr. Pescante: FUCK YOU, had they (Russia) been discriminating against Italians I think you would have sung a different tune.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:15am
  140. This is why I am boycotting the winter olympics

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:46am
  141. He must be republican!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00am
  142. As a dyke I say let them play! I know 2 ladies on the women’s soccer team that are dykes. So IOC QUIT MAKIN’A BIG DEAL OUTTA NOTH’!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:17am
  143. Must be one of Berlusconi’s pals at those “bunga-bunga” parties. Bonking underage whores. Porco!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:18am
  144. What kind of idiocy has infiltrated the Olympics? Even they are going to hell in a hand basket…is NOTHING sacred any more?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:42am
  145. STFU, Tool, they were picked for their athletic skills.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:31am
  146. Senile fucking idiot – it’s no wonder the IOC did little to combat bigotry when Russia announced it lunatic propaganda laws… Time for you to step down you backward fuck!! SHAME ON YOU PESCANTE!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:55am
  147. Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 12:55pm
  148. Why the hell are people so threatened by gays?? I can think of so many things I would be threatened by before gays even crossed my mind. Makes no sense.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:01pm
  149. Go fuck yourself

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:08pm
  150. Using vulgarity to express our thoughts never speak to the issues. Russia’s leadership happens to be wrong but using vulgar words is not the way to say so.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:32pm
  151. BOYCOTT THE 2014 WINTER GAMES and the USA corp. sponsors too !!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:48pm
  152. And yet he hasn’t criticized himself and his fellow IOC members for reaching this stage in life and still being unable to read at a sufficient level to understand that the Charter they presumably dictated to someone makes it clear Russia CANNOT host the Olympics?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:02pm
  153. FUCK YOU RUSSIA AND IOC!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:06pm
  154. The world would be a much better place if people would mind their own damned business!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:47pm