Originally Posted by M@chete
Why is Sharapova's opinion important to you? Why not Svetlana Kuznetsova for instance or (Serena Williams)?
Were chinese athletes asked about politics in their country before the 2008 Olympics?
Overall, why should athletes make public statements about (politics and/or) gay marriage? Were american athletes asked about gay marriage in the US of A recently? About the "American Family Association" in the US of A, who fears gay marriage the same way as pedophilia and sodomy?
Had american atheletes/tennis players made any statements about civil rights and liberties in the US of A, domestic and international surveillance by the NSA?
Like all of these happen or happened.
You can argue the validity of having athletes as spokespeople and role models for communities, but you can't deny that it doesn't happen. People like and listen to athletes and trust them even on issues outside their expertise.