Unless Oda has some sort of weird wardrobe design for Mjoscard, he is kneeling in apology to Neptune (Oda has the grass drawn right next to what should be his gloves). If you don't think this is a HUGE deal, don't for get about this scene: To give some cultural background, in Japan/traditional Japanese culture the concept of "lowering" oneself in all aspects (using keigo, not making direct eye contact, physically bowing lower, always ceding the right of way, etc.) is an integral part of the culture to ALL superiors. Other cultures definitely have aspects of this, but it is refined to almost an art form in Japan. In my opinion, it all comes down to showing proper respect. In both of these cases, the superior is clearly going out of their way to do the opposite of "lowering" themselves to reflect the extent of their regret/apology. In Fujitora's case, Riku is still higher ranking, but the fact that he is making the Marines "lose face" by the extent of his apology is the biggest factor as to why he is banned from all "bases" (something I think Oda purposefully reminded us last chapter). The only way this doesn't become the biggest news is if there is no picture of this event. I forget his name, but I trust my ability to recognize faces that the famous bounty photographer is now working for Morgan. Edit: Attach is a "legend" from the early SBS because he was more of a gag upon introduction (which is why he's got the typical wacky character design). He is the one to take pretty much all the bounty photos. He's obviously a weakling, but he has the skill, wit, and luck to survive battlegrounds with the world's strongest (the pictures are always right after a major fight). I forgot Oda created the photo department of the Marines so thanks to @Tony for that part. He is the highest ranking Marine for the department, so Oda has always had him magically be where ever the action is. So I don't see access to the upper grounds being an issue. With his reputation/Marine ties, I would assume he is allowed access to the upper grounds. With the picture as proof, even with Dragon/RA's declaration of war, the Mjoscard picture trumps the impact on the general public by far. The core of the world is being changed in this very moment. To a certain extent, it takes away from the declaration of war (the general public knows the evil of Tenryuubito, so the humanization takes at least the edge off of pure disdain). This goes hand-in-hand with his comments on being granted his humanity back from Otohime. At the very minimum, this scene gets an expanded role in the anime (canon-filler). In true Oda fashion, I think he delays the Shanks part of the mini-arc and sticks to the actual Reverie events in the next chapter. Oda couldn't fit other surprised faces (pretty much only Neptune's face), so I have a hard time seeing this not being expanded upon (and probably the focal point) next chapter. Maybe this changes Sabo's heart? I can see Oda potentially doing something like that. Don't forget that the core of this entire manga/plot is morals, so this is 100% going to have more ties than just Neptune/Shirahoshi based on how he apologized.