Adam Rippon’s agent says Pence wanted ‘direct conversation’ with skater
2018-02-10 05:59 UTC by USA TODAY Sports
Rippon declined to speak with Pence because the skater was in training mode for the Olympics.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon’s agent said Saturday afternoon that he was told Vice President Pence “wanted to have a direct conversation on the phone with Adam as soon as it could possibly be arranged” after the publication of my USA TODAY Sports story Jan. 17 in which Rippon, who is openly gay, was critical of Pence.
“That was 100 percent true,” David Baden said in a phone interview. “We were contacted by the appropriate channels that the vice president wanted to talk to Adam. What I did is I called Adam and I explained the request and I wanted to get his feedback on it. We talked about it and he said he would think about it. He was really taken aback. He never expected it to get to that point. He wanted to think about it.
“The next day,” Baden said, “we talked again and Adam said he gave it a lot of thought and understood who was asking for the meeting. He said now is not the time for this, I’m really getting into my training mode, I want to represent my country the best I can.”
Rippon told Baden that if there is a conversation with Pence at some point in the future, he doesn’t want it to be just the two of them.
“Adam told me, ‘I already have a voice, but there are a lot of young kids out there who don’t have a voice, and if I decide to have a conversation with the vice president after my competition is done, I’d like to take some of these young kids who are really struggling and have their voices heard too,’” Baden said.
Baden’s account confirmed what I reported earlier this week: Pence was so concerned about Rippon’s …….
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