White sorry for be­lit­tling ha­rass­ment

Chicago Sun-Times - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

Shaun White apol­o­gized Wed­nes­day after dis­miss­ing the sex­ual- mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made against him in a 2016 law­suit as ‘‘ gos­sip’’ shortly after win­ning his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s half­pipe.

White has been the dom­i­nant snow­boarder in the world for more than a decade, also win­ning gold medals in 2006 and 2010.

As White was com­pet­ing, many on so­cial me­dia brought up details from a law­suit filed by a for­mer drum­mer in White’s rock band, Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sex­u­ally ha­rassed her and re­fused to pay her wages after he fired her. The law­suit was set­tled last May for an undis­closed amount of money.

White was asked dur­ing a news con­fer­ence if the al­le­ga­tions might tar­nish his rep­u­ta­tion.

‘‘ I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gos­sip and stuff,’’ he said. ‘‘ I don’t think so.’’

White later said on NBC’s ‘‘ To­day Show’’ that he used ‘‘ a poor choice of words to de­scribe such a sen­si­tive sub­ject.’’

‘‘ I’m just truly sorry,’’ he said. ‘‘ I was so over­whelmed with want­ing to talk about how amaz­ing to­day was and share my ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Lawrence Bohm, an at­tor­ney for Zawaideh who filed the suit against White, said White’s com­ments ‘‘ di­rectly im­pugn’’ Zawaideh’s char­ac­ter.

U. S. star Mikaela Shiffrin came from be­hind on her sec­ond run to win gold in the women’s gi­ant slalom Thurs­day. | GETTY IM­AGES

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