Hey, hey, don't go getting upset at the media! Did I mention that under his breath he called them "urusai" (annoying/noisy)? Yeah! What a jerk, right?
But seriously guys: according to the Guyjin, Kokubo was barred from attending the opening ceremonies and his own university issued a press release to talk about how much they disliked having such a poorly-dressed student at their school. ]
Of course, Japan hasn't lost sight of the gold: a few hours before Kokubo competed yesterday, another Olympic snowboarder (Chikako Fushimi) called Kokubo a genius and said that you have to be crazy to be good at snowboarding, which gave the media enough of an excuse to start saying good things about him again (usually by interviewing his friends).
Kokubo didn't win the medal, so I wonder how the Japanese media will cover him now? It's kinda crazy though. I mean, we're just happy when our Olympians don't get caught with a bong. (And even if they do, we'll still forgive 'em for the next Olympics.)