If you’re gonna hold yourself up as a beacon of tolerance, don’t be like U.S. Olympic figure Adam Rippon. After accusing Mike Pence of hating gays, the openly gay athlete turned down an opportunity to meet with the vice president to have a civil discussion about it.

More from USA Today:

According to two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, a member of Pence’s staff requested the conversation with the openly gay Rippon after reading the skater’s derogatory remarks about him in a USA TODAY Sports story that had been published online just an hour earlier.

Rippon, the two people said, declined the invitation.

The spat between the vice president and the figure skater began when I asked Rippon last month about Pence’s selection for the ceremonial role of leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympic opening ceremony.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it,” Rippon said.

Aside from Rippon being the one coming off like an intolerant jerk, the reporting on this story leaves a lot to be desired.

If Christine Brennan were a practitioner of actual journalism, she might’ve set Rippon straight (no pun intended). Instead, she indulged his self-aggrandizement.

For what it’s worth, Rippon did say he’d be “open” to meeting with Pence someday. But open-minded? Not so much:

“If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation,” Rippon said in the interview last month. “He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump. … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”

So, you’re gonna show him how wrong he is by … going out of your way to avoid talking to him about an unfounded accusation you lobbed at him? Wow. Such stunning. Much brave.