Shaun White 'really sorry' for dismissing sexual harassment suit as 'gossip'

Shaun White
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White attends a press convention on the Media Press Middle in Pyeongchang. (Getty Pictures)

Shaun White had a really fast change of coronary heart after curtly dismissing a sexual harassment suit towards him as “gossip.”

Showing on NBC’s “In the present day” present Wednesday morning, the three-time Olympic gold medalist profusely apologized for blowing off questions on a suit filed by a feminine drummer in his band Dangerous Issues.

“I’m really sorry I selected the phrase ‘gossip.’ It was a poor selection of phrases to explain such a delicate topic on the earth today. I am simply really sorry,” White informed At this time co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.

When the snowboarder was requested concerning the suit at a press convention on the Winter Olympics, he dismissed it, saying: “I’m right here to speak concerning the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.” The moderator shortly ended questions and White hustled off the rostrum.

That strategy did not go over properly with the media and within the courtroom of public opinion, and he was extra contrite on At the moment.

When Guthrie requested him if he needed to “clear the air,” White stated he is a “modified” individual from the younger man who competed in his first Olympics 12 years in the past.

“I’ve grown as an individual through the years. It is superb. You’ve recognized me for a very long time now. It is superb how life works,” he informed Guthrie and Kotb. “The twists and turns and classes discovered. So each expertise in my life, I really feel prefer it has taught me a lesson. I undoubtedly really feel like a way more modified individual than I used to be once I was youthful. I’m pleased with who I’m today.”

The 31-yr previous even threw out the likelihood of competing in skateboarding on the 2020 Summer time Olympics in Tokyo. Going for gold in a Summer time Olympics can be a “dream come true,” stated White.