Shaun White's Olympic gold tarnished by missteps

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP/KOTA) - How do you have a bad day after winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics? Just ask snowboarder Shaun White.

First, he had to apologize for calling a sexual harassment case against him “gossip” and then comes an apology for how he handled the American flag.

Social media was abuzz with reaction to White’s celebration after winning gold in the halfpipe. People quickly focused on him dragging the flag and at one point, inadvertently step on it.

In a news conference, he said: "I remember being handed the flag, but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get the board," he said. "So 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. "

White also apologized after referring to a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 as "gossip" during a news conference following his gold medal in the men's halfpipe. White told NBC's" Today" show that he used "a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject" and is "truly sorry." The lawsuit by a former drummer in White's rock band accused him of sexually harassing her and refusing to pay her wages after he fired her. The suit was settled in May.

White's gold medal in the men's halfpipe was the third of his snowboarding career and the 100th gold medal overall for the United States in Winter Olympics.