It doesn't matter whether the team pays for your shit or not. You are part of a TEAM. This isn't Team Shani Davis, its Team USA.
I am a member of two teams myself, I pay for my own coaching, my own event registrations, everything, even my freaking uniforms.
I'm working for US Long Course too hopefully this year or next, and even then I still will be paying for all my coaching, etc. Yes I could sit back and be an asshole about having to pay all my shit as a college student to get there but such is the nature of the sport.
I am not a racist by any means nor am I judging him by race, but I am sure a few of the millions will use this against him being the first black athlete to win an individual winter medal. Out of the MANY things he could have properly represented tonight, I think he let a lot of people down. Intent means nothing.
For me a lot of the controversy was up in the air, I thought it was just a lot of media bruhaha, but after that piss poor attitude in the interview, I have little respect for his accomplishments. He may have made it but he definitely but a knife in the side of the sponsors who were thinking of giving the next guy like him a chance.