I thought he was rather cordial when being interviewed after his 2008 X-Games win in slopestyle. I didn't see any arrogance at all. He gave props to his competitors, stated specifics about things they do that he aspires to, and even pointed at specific technical aspects of judging that favored him- his ability to spin both ways. He openly admitted that other competitors were throwing more difficult tricks. I thought that showed some signs of maturity.
He has quite the past reputation to overcome, but I think he got it out of his system. He's not on my list, but not many are. He likely will be if he remains injury free and continues to progress with modesty.
Ever drive through Arkansas with a Grateful Dead sticker on your car? You will be stopped and thoroughly searched at least twice. Not that I was ever in situations like that when I was younger:
Anyway, I hold pro athletes to a higher standard since most others do as well.
Anyway, I'm glad folks finally bit on my prompt to discuss the Tannerless lists more.