Three-time Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White has apologised for his “behaviour many years ago” after reports of a sexual harassment lawsuit against him resurfaced amidst his PyeongChang 2018 halfpipe triumph.
His statement went on to say “[I] am sorry that I made anyone – particularly someone I considered a friend – uncomfortable. I have grown and changed as a person, as we all grow and change, and am proud of who I am today.”
According to a USA today report White and Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in his rock band, settled a suit in May 2017, in which she alleged he “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years”.
White also apologised for referring to the story as “gossip” in his post-race press conference in Korea, telling NBC’s Today show: “It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today. I’m just truly sorry. I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was.”
The 31-year-old had been asked by a journalist whether the claims from Zawaideh would tarnish his reputation.
Watch the clip from his media conference here: