Internet explodes after Shaun White drags American flag on ground

Shaun White drags the flag on the ground after his gold medal win in PyeongChang. (NBC screen shot)

After winning the gold medal in the men’s halfpipe with a dramatic final-round score of 97.75, Shaun White did what most Olympic athletes do: He hugged people, he celebrated, he cried and was then handed an American flag. Unfortunately for White, the flag ended up being the only part of his performance that went negatively.

As White passed the flag to his right hand, the hand that was clutching his snowboard, the flag ended up on the ground being drug through the snow while he walked off the hill.

Go to the 1:45 mark of this video to see some of the scene play out:

A few viewers found this to be unacceptable:

On the other hand, there were several viewers out there willing to give White a pass on this infraction, or at least willing to ignore his lack of proper flag etiquette:

Here’s a guy who was both angry and happy:

And then there was the funny:

At a news conference later Wednesday evening, White said he didn’t know he had dropped the flag and apologized.

“Honestly, if there was anything … I didn’t mean any disrespect,” White said. “The flag that’s flying up on my house right now is definitely really high up there. Sorry about that. I’m really proud to represent Team USA.”

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