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After Shaun White's Glory, He Has to Apologize Twice - Page 2

Snowboarder sorry for belittling harassment lawsuit, dragging flag
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2018 10:56 AM CST

  • Under the rug? At USA Today, columnist Christine Brennan sifts through the allegations—White allegedly shoving his hands down his pants and then trying to make Zawaideh smell them—and is incredulous. "Why in the world aren't we talking about this?" she writes. "In the midst of the #MeToo movement, how has White somehow flown under the radar?" She's also ticked that only male reporters were called upon at White's press conference, even though two female reporters had their hands up the whole time.
  • Flag apology: The suit wasn't the only source of negative headlines. White was pictured dragging the American flag behind him after his victory, and Bustle rounds up some of the heated reaction online. White explains: "I remember being handed the flag. I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and the board," he said, per CNN. "Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn't mean any disrespect."
  • The medal: Prior to all that controversy, however, came White's dramatic victory in the halfpipe, and Alyssa Roenigk at ESPN writes of "the image that will remained burned into the mind of anyone who witnessed White's historic performance Wednesday afternoon: the three-time Olympic gold medalist, head in hands, tears streaking his cheeks, humbled and human at the bottom of the halfpipe." Adam Kilgore at the Washington Post says the win, especially after his failure to earn a medal four years ago, proves that White is "the unquestioned greatest snowboarder ever."
  • Different sport? Yahoo Sports raises the possibility that White will trade his snowboard for a skateboard and compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
(Read more Shaun White stories.)

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