People are really mad that Shaun White dragged the American flag after he won the gold

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang have been huge for American snowboarders, and that streak continued last night, when Shaun White won his third gold medal for the men’s halfpipe snowboarding competition. White was obviously thrilled when he found out he won. Viewers were pretty thrilled for him, too…until he dragged the American flag around on the ground. That’s when people got angry.

As he celebrated his win at the bottom of the halfpipe, White jumped up and down, hugged everyone, and cried happy tears. And, as is custom with gold medal winners, White was handed his country’s flag to drape over his shoulders.

However, he soon ended up just dragging it behind him, and even stepping on it at times.

A lot of viewers were angry at the seemingly careless and disrespectful gesture.


White did apologize for the major faux paux, saying,

"I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get board. 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 being an American and to be representing for everyone back home."

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Well, no one can say the Olympics doesn’t have its share of drama. Personally, we can’t wait to see what happens next (as well as who else snags the gold, of course).