Costas Wants Putin to Talk About Anti-LGBT Law During NBC's Olympic Coverage

One way or another, NBC will not shy away from reporting on Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

BY Michelle Garcia

January 08 2014 2:11 PM ET

NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas says that he is determined to dedicate some airtime during the Sochi Olympics to address Russia's ban on so-called LGBT propaganda, whether or not that includes commentary from President Vladimir Putin.

Earlier, Costas told the Associated Press that he did not want to provide his own commentary on the law but instead wanted Putin to answer for it on the record. At a press conference Tuesday, however, Costas clarified that the network would report on the law in either case, but prioritized reporting on Putin's thoughts on it.

“If Putin doesn’t drag his butt into the studio, then we’ll talk about it without him,” Costas told reporters, according to the The Huffington Post. “But if he shows up, we’d rather talk to him. Wouldn’t you rather hear it from the horse’s mouth? I would. That’s what I was trying to say.”

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