Snowboarder Shaun White is apologizing for being dismissive of sexual harassment allegations against him.
During a press conference Wednesday in PyeongChang, South Korea, the gold medallist was asked about a lawsuit that he settled in May with a former Bad Things bandmate Lena Zawaideh alleging sexual harassment and whether they would affect his reputation.
“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” White said, according to The Associated Press. “I don’t think so.”
White faced immediate backlash online for referring to the allegations as “gossip.”
White appeared on “The Today Show” later on Wednesday, where host Savannah Guthrie asked about his comments.
The snowboarder took the opportunity to apologize for his “poor choice of words.”
White also addressed the allegations against him, saying, “I’ve grown as a person over the years… I definitely feel like I’m a much more changed person than I was when I was younger.”