John M. Becker

Billie Jean King Drops Out of Sochi Delegation

Filed By John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Billie Jean King, Caitlin Cahow, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Sochi, Sochi Olympics

billie-jean-king-2014.jpgOpenly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King, a vociferous opponent of Russia's anti-LGBT crackdown, has pulled out of the Presidential Delegation to Friday's opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics because her mother is in poor health.

The AP reports:

King told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."

Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

"It is important for me to be with my mother and my brother at this difficult time. I want to thank President Obama for including me in this historic mission and I look forward to supporting our athletes as they compete in Sochi."

The White House announced that King will be replaced with Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic silver- and bronze-medal-winning women's ice hockey player and a member of the LGBT community. Cahow is also a member of the official delegation to the closing ceremonies.

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