Shaun White under fire dragging stepping on American flag

  • Olympic and professional snow boarder Shaun White dragged the American flag on the ground after winning gold in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang
  • Social media users criticized him for lack of respect for stepping on the flag
  • White apologized and said he didn't realize he had let the flag touch the ground 
  • This win marks White's third gold medal as a Team USA Olympic competitor
  • It's his fourth Olympic appearance as a snowboarder in the halfpipe event 
  • He also won gold at the Turin Games in 2006 and the Vancouver Games in 2010
  • White competed in the Sochi Games in 2014, as well, but finished in fourth place

By Stephanie Haney For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:11 EST, 14 February 2018 | Updated: 12:16 EST, 14 February 2018

Olympic and professional snow boarder Shaun White dragged the American flag on the ground after winning gold in the 2018 Winter Games, and the internet dragged him for it.

But White, 31, who won Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic Game history on Wednesday, said he didn't realize that he let the flag touch the ground, at a press conference following the incident.

'I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get the board,' White said.

'Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect. The flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there. So, sorry for that. But I’m definitely proud, very proud, to be a part of Team USA and be an American and to be representing for everyone back home.'

According to Title 4 of the US Code, Chapter 1, Section 8: 'The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.' 

Olympic and professional snow boarder Shaun White dragged the American flag on the ground after winning gold in the 2018 Winter Games, and the internet dragged him for it
Olympic and professional snow boarder Shaun White dragged the American flag on the ground after winning gold in the 2018 Winter Games, and the internet dragged him for it

Olympic and professional snow boarder Shaun White dragged the American flag on the ground after winning gold in the 2018 Winter Games, and the internet dragged him for it

But White, 31, who won Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic Game history on Wednesday, said he didn't realize that he let the flag touch the ground
But White, 31, who won Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic Game history on Wednesday, said he didn't realize that he let the flag touch the ground

But White, 31, who won Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic Game history on Wednesday, said he didn't realize that he let the flag touch the ground

Social media users were not pleased with the mishap, calling it out for anyone who might not have noticed.

'Shaun White is dragging the American flag on the ground, stepping all over it,' Charean Williams, who is a writer for Pro Football Talk, posted.

In a more opinionated tweet, user @clyde751 wrote, 'Shaun White may have won gold, but lost points for walking on the flag!'

White blamed the dragging of the flag on having his hands full, but at least one photo shows him letting the flag touch the ground without any gear in his hands. 

Social media users were not pleased with the mishap, calling it out for anyone who might not have noticed it on their own
Social media users were not pleased with the mishap, calling it out for anyone who might not have noticed it on their own

Social media users were not pleased with the mishap, calling it out for anyone who might not have noticed it on their own

'I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get the board,' White said, shown here dragging the flag without his snowboard in his hands
'I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get the board,' White said, shown here dragging the flag without his snowboard in his hands

'I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get the board,' White said, shown here dragging the flag without his snowboard in his hands

In a more opinionated tweet, user @clyde751 wrote, 'Shaun White may have won gold, but lost points for walking on the flag!'
In a more opinionated tweet, user @clyde751 wrote, 'Shaun White may have won gold, but lost points for walking on the flag!'

In a more opinionated tweet, user @clyde751 wrote, 'Shaun White may have won gold, but lost points for walking on the flag!'

'Congrats @shaunwhite,' said a Twitter user named Nathan. 'Now can you stop dragging our flag on the ground and stepping on it, please? Show some respect.'  

This win marks White's third gold medal as a Team USA Olympic competitor in the men's snowboarding halfpipe competition, and his fourth Winter Games appearance.

He won the top prize in the event in Turin Games in 2006 and the Vancouver Games in 2010, in addition to Wednesday's win in Pyeongchang. 

White competed in the Sochi Games in 2014, as well, but finished in fourth place in the halfpipe event.  

'Congrats @shaunwhite,' said a Twitter user named Nathan. 'Now can you stop dragging our flag on the ground and stepping on it, please? Show some respect.'
'Congrats @shaunwhite,' said a Twitter user named Nathan. 'Now can you stop dragging our flag on the ground and stepping on it, please? Show some respect.'

'Congrats @shaunwhite,' said a Twitter user named Nathan. 'Now can you stop dragging our flag on the ground and stepping on it, please? Show some respect.'

This win marks White's third gold medal as a Team USA Olympic competitor in the men's snowboarding halfpipe competition, and his fourth Winter Games appearance
This win marks White's third gold medal as a Team USA Olympic competitor in the men's snowboarding halfpipe competition, and his fourth Winter Games appearance

This win marks White's third gold medal as a Team USA Olympic competitor in the men's snowboarding halfpipe competition, and his fourth Winter Games appearance

'I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,' he said, in response to being asked by ABC's Matt Gutman if the allegations in the lawsuit might tarnish his reputation
'I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,' he said, in response to being asked by ABC's Matt Gutman if the allegations in the lawsuit might tarnish his reputation

'I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,' he said, in response to being asked by ABC's Matt Gutman if the allegations in the lawsuit might tarnish his reputation

In the same press conference where White addressed stepping on the flag, he also referred to the 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against him as 'gossip.'

'I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,' he said, in response to being asked by ABC's Matt Gutman if the allegations in the lawsuit might tarnish his reputation.

The lawsuit, whih was also a topic of conversation on social media, was brought by a former drummer in the athlete's rock band, Bad Things. 

Lena Zawaideh said that White sexually harassed her, in addition to refusing to pay her wages due after he fired her.

Reporter Christine Brennan tweeted:  

'As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending.'

Brennen's post also included a link to a column she wrote addressing what she described as 'little attention paid' to the allegations against White, for USA Today. 

Reporter Christine Brennan tweeted: 'As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending'
Reporter Christine Brennan tweeted: 'As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending'

Reporter Christine Brennan tweeted: 'As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending'

In the same press conference where White addressed stepping on the flag, he also referred to the 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against him as 'gossip'
In the same press conference where White addressed stepping on the flag, he also referred to the 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against him as 'gossip'

In the same press conference where White addressed stepping on the flag, he also referred to the 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit against him as 'gossip'

As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending 
As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending 

As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending 

Zawaideh's complaint, which was published in full by Deadspin, read in part:

'White sent sexually explicit and graphic images to Zawaideh of engorged and erect penises, forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos, including videos sexualizing human fecal matter, and made vulgar sexual remarks to her such as, "Don’t forget to suck his balls!" when commenting on her boyfriend.' 

Previously, White acknowledged send Zawaideh text messages, but characterized them as messages ;'exchanged with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit,' according to USA Today.

The civil case was settled in May, for an undisclosed amount. 

White later apologized for his remark, telling NBC's Today Show that he used 'a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject.'

'I'm just truly sorry,' he said. 'I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.'

White later apologized for his remark, telling NBC's Today Show that he used 'a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject'
White later apologized for his remark, telling NBC's Today Show that he used 'a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject'

White later apologized for his remark, telling NBC's Today Show that he used 'a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject'

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