Shaun White Drags American Flag After Winning Gold; Social Media Goes Nuts

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It was an emotional scene Wednesday in South Korea (Tuesday in the U.S.) when Shaun White won the third Olympic gold of his career. The snowboarder jumped around, cried tears of joy, hugged friends and loved ones…

Then, in the midst of celebrating, he was handed an American flag. The loosely-hung flag soon fell off his shoulder and began dragging on the ground behind him as he ran around the side of the slope, being stepped on at times.  

Many viewers noticed the poor flag etiquette and took to social media to voice their displeasure:

There were others who came to White’s defense, many citing the general emotions surrounding the scene and the gravity of the snowboarder’s achievement:

What's your opinion on #flaggate?

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