Press officers with U.S. Ski and Snowboard are denying allegations that they intentionally prevented calling on feminine reporters at a gold medal press convention for snowboarder Shaun White.
White, who received his third gold medal Tuesday night time, settled a sexual misconduct case in April 2017 and has largely prevented questions on it.
Not one of the feminine journalists in attendance had been known as upon. A number of feminine reporters mentioned they’d their arms raised at each alternative to ask questions, based on feedback made to CNNMoney and messages posted to social media.
U.S. Ski and Snowboarding, which facilitated the press convention, repeatedly denied any intentional plans to disregard questions from feminine journalists.
Christine Brennan, a USA As we speak reporter and CNN contributor, instructed CNNMoney that she tried to get her query in however was by no means known as upon. She mentioned she was approached by ESPN reporter Julie Foudy after the press convention. Foudy instructed her ABC reporter Amy Robach had additionally been missed at some stage in the occasion.
Foudy additionally tweeted in regards to the incident, confirming what Brennan instructed CNNMoney.
Hours earlier than the press convention, Brennan had revealed an article about sexual harassment allegations that had been introduced in opposition to White in 2016.
The previous drummer for White’s band Dangerous Issues, Lena Zawaideh, accused White of sending her lewd textual content messages. White later admitted to sending the messages and the 2 ultimately reached an undisclosed settlement.
Whereas Brennan was unable to ask a query in regards to the allegations, a male reporter from ABC, Matt Gutman, was capable of ask in regards to the case.
He requested whether or not the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him would “tarnish” White’s legacy.
“You realize actually I am right here to speak in regards to the Olympics not, , gossip, however I do not assume so,” White mentioned. “I’m who I’m, and I am pleased with who I’m and my buddies, , love me and vouch for me and I believe that stands by itself.”
At that time, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard communications official, who was calling on reporters with questions, could possibly be heard saying “Completely.”
When Gutman tried to push White on his reply, the PR individual stepped in to maneuver to a different query. White added that he felt he’d addressed Gutman’s query.
White later appeared on the “As we speak” present and mentioned he was “actually sorry” for utilizing the phrase gossip, saying it was a “poor selection of phrases to explain such a delicate topic on this planet in the present day.”
He mentioned he “was so over-whelmed with simply wanting to speak about how wonderful in the present day was and share my expertise.”
“I’ve grown as an individual over time,” he mentioned, “It is wonderful how life works and twists and turns and classes realized. Each expertise in my life I really feel prefer it’s taught me a lesson. I positively really feel like I’m a way more modified individual than I used to be once I was youthful. I’m pleased with who I’m in the present day.”
Communications Vice President Tom Kelly, who was on the convention however not the one calling on reporters, mentioned that he had personally made contact with Robach and was reaching out to Brennan to verify they understood they weren’t intentionally handed over.
Shaun White didn’t straight reply to requests for remark.