White got some major flack for his apparent disregard for his country’s national flag. After winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, White was seen walking through a crowd, holding the American flag — or, rather, dragging it. And the incident sparked outrage online (via The Kansas City Star).
White later addressed the moment at a press conference, claiming that he’d never intended to disrespect the flag or the country. “I remember being handed the flag. I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and the board,” he said (via CNN). “Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect.”
White added, “I’m very proud to be part of team USA and be an American.”