Feb 13, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Shaun White (USA) reacts after a run in the halfpipe final event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Shaun White represented the United States in incredible fashion by winning a gold medal for the country in the Olympics. He was so proud after winning gold in the halfpipe on Wednesday that he pulled out the American flag upon learning he had won gold and held it behind him.

White was emotional in his celebration and clearly proud — as evidence by him pulling out the flag. But while he was celebrating, White got careless with the flag and let it drag on the ground behind him. He even inadvertently stepped on it.

White’s careless behavior while enjoying his moment of triumph did not sit well with some Americans who were upset that White violated United States Flag Code, which states that the flag should never touch the ground.

Ur caught up in excitement, but PICK IT UP !! pic.twitter.com/bB24eiEnLx

— Karen (@KMB73) February 14, 2018

White certainly could have exercised more care with the flag in his hands, but let’s recognize the situation: the man was in a moment of celebration and completely caught up in the moment. He even was crying. He dragged the flag unintentionally. And if he weren’t such a proud American, then he wouldn’t have immediately grabbed the flag after winning and held it up with pride.

People should let go of this one.

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