Olympic snowboarder Shaun White on Wednesday issued his third comment in 24 hours about a 2016 sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed against him and later settled but which resurfaced in the public consciousness in the wake of his historic third gold medal win earlier that day.
“Representing Team USA at the Olympics in a sport that I love is a true honor, and I was thrilled to win gold,” White, 31, said in a statement to the New York Times. “I regret my behavior of many years ago and 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,” White continued.
That statement followed two earlier public comments about the suit, which was initially filed in May 2016 by Lena Zawaideh, the former drummer in White’s band, Bad Things, according to USA Today.
Zawaideh amended her suit in August of that year. It originally argued breach of contract, as she said she had not been paid her agreed-upon monthly fee, but Zawaideh included new allegations of sexual harassment in the updated …read more