Press officers with U.S. Ski and Snowboard are denying allegations that they intentionally averted calling on female reporters at a gold medal press convention for snowboarder Shaun White.
White, who gained his third gold medal Tuesday evening, settled a sexual misconduct case in April 2017 and has largely averted questions on it.
None of the female journalists in attendance have been referred to as upon. Several female reporters mentioned that they had their fingers 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 female journalists.
Christine Brennan, a USA Today reporter and CNN contributor, advised CNNMoney that she tried to get her query in however was by no means referred to as upon. She mentioned she was approached by ESPN reporter Julie Foudy after the press convention. Foudy advised her ABC reporter Amy Robach had additionally been ignored during the occasion.
Foudy additionally tweeted concerning the incident, confirming what Brennan advised 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 former drummer for White’s band Bad Things, Lena Zawaideh, accused White of sending her lewd textual content messages. White later admitted to sending the messages and the 2 finally reached an undisclosed settlement.
While Brennan was unable to ask a query concerning the allegations, a male reporter from ABC, Matt Gutman, was in a position to ask concerning the case.
He requested whether or not the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him would “tarnish” White’s legacy.
“You know honestly I’m here to talk about the Olympics not, you know, gossip, but I don’t think so,” White mentioned. “I am who I am, and I’m proud of who I am and my friends, you know, love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on its own.”
At that time, a U.S. Ski and Snowboard communications official, who was calling on reporters with questions, might be heard saying “Absolutely.”
When Gutman tried to push White on his reply, the PR particular person stepped in to maneuver to a different query. White added that he felt he’d addressed Gutman’s query.
White later appeared on the “Today” present and mentioned he was “truly sorry” for utilizing the phrase gossip, saying it was a “poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.”
He mentioned he “was so over-whelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.”
“I’ve grown as a person over the years,” he mentioned, “It’s amazing how life works and twists and turns and lessons learned. Every experience in my life I feel like it’s taught me a lesson. I definitely feel like I am a much more changed person than I was when I was younger. I am proud of who I am today.”
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 ensure they understood they weren’t intentionally handed over.
Shaun White didn’t straight reply to requests for remark.
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed February 14, 2018: 10:49 AM ET