"There are a hundred countries with different problems within them. Zimbabwe has terrible racism and we've got people in our own country bashing each other with baseball bats.Obviously, he also thinks state terror and brutality is on a par with minor criminal activity, and that flattering his own ego by reaching his third Olympic games is more important than the human rights of the Chinese.
"So I think we need to get a little perspective and fix our own problems before trying to get athletes in the middle of things to solve the world's problems." (1)
He should forget China and focus on fixing our problems. Instead, he's effectively saying "None of that matters, do what the Hell you want, it's all about you."
What a fool.
1 - 'Olympian: Forget China, focus on NZ' by James Ihaka, 16th of February, 2008. (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10492788)
2 - ibid.