Metromix Indianopolis ran an interview with Evan Lysacek yesterday in which he made no sense when discussing Johnny Weir. Here is the excerpt:
Fellow American Olympic skater Johnny Weir has said he feels snubbed by “Stars on Ice” because his sexual orientation wasn’t “family-friendly enough.” Thoughts?
“Stars on Ice” is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.
First of all, wrong. Jeremy Abbott is on the Stars on Ice tour, and he is less accomplished than Johnny Weir if we're looking at medals in order to judge the best of the best (as much as I love Abbott). Lysacek had pretty much nothing bad to say about Evgeny Plushenko, who has blatantly bashed his skating and questioned the legitimacy of his Vancouver medal; I think Lysacek probably should have taken the high road with Weir as well. Lysacek does represent and get paid by Stars on Ice so I guess it makes sense that he would defend the tour, but he shouldn't make ridiculous statements like the above. Weir and Lysacek probably tie for the most recognizable active skaters in the country right now, so you cannot say something like it would have been hard to "justify" selecting Weir. I think the tour is finding that it's harder to justify not selecting him, although they may very well have had valid reasons for not asking him (anything from personality clashes to unpredictability of what Weir is going to say in interviews to...who knows).