Billie Jean King Tells Colbert She’s Not Afraid To Keep It Real At Sochi

“If the media asks me a question, I’m going to answer it.” posted on

Out gay tennis great Billie Jean King appeared on the The Colbert Report Tuesday night to talk about her inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

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Colbert peppered her with questions, suggesting her presence at the Games would be breaking Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.

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And in the face of his warning, she simply said, “We better have pretty good security then.”

And she made clear that as an out gay woman, she wouldn’t be silent about the controversial policies as she represents the United States.

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“Well, I probably won’t protest, but if the media asks me a question, I’m going to answer it,” she said. “Absolutely. Yeah, why not?”

And she was bravely defiant when Colbert pushed back, saying she could end up in jail.

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“Well, I’ll take that chance, I guess,” she said.

And at one point — in between slapping down his questions — she took a moment to admire Colbert’s “twinkling brown eyes.”

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“But you have such twinkling brown eyes,” she said at the idea of Colbert fairing as a gay man — turning the table on him again, like a boss.

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