American snowboarder Shaun White brought home another gold medal on Wednesday, but what he did next has everyone on social media in a huff.
As White carried an American flag through the snow (while carrying his snowboard), the flag began to drag on the ground.
It appeared in photos that White even stepped on it at one point.
Check it out:
— Nathan (@America4Israel) February 14, 2018
Shaun White may have won Gold, but lost points for walking on the flag !
— cal (@clyde751) February 14, 2018
Shaun White is dragging the American flag on the ground, stepping all over it.
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) February 14, 2018
White apologized later on:
“I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get board,” White said. “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.
White’s gold-medal victory in Pyeongchang, South Korea was Team USA’s 100th gold medal in Winter Games history.
His win makes him the first American male to win gold in three different Winter Games. The snowboarding star, 31, previously won the gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe in the Turin Games in 2006, and again in Vancouver in 2010.
The flag should never touch the ground or anything beneath it, and should be raised and lowered briskly, according to U.S. Flag Code.