Shaun White Apologizes for 'My Poor Behavior'
Arrested for public drunkenness, the snowboarder says he "got carried away" while celebrating with friends
Olympic snowboarder Shaun White issued an apology Tuesday after his arrest for public intoxication and vandalism.
“I want to apologize for the unwise choices I made over the weekend and for any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests,” he says in a statement, which he posted on his Facebook page. “I was celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I’m truly sorry for my poor behavior.”
White, 26, a two-time gold medalist, was arrested early Sunday morning in Nashville, where he was attending musician Patrick Carney’s wedding.
Police say White pulled a hotel fire alarm, causing evacuations, then attempted to flee the scene while being pursued by a citizen, who had alerted police. The chase ended when White fell backwards and hit his head against a fence, according to police.
He was then transported to a hospital for treatment and released.
Officers responding to the scene Sunday at 2 a.m. reported that White appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol.
A source close to White disputes reports that he vandalized his hotel room or spent time in jail. The source also says White was not seriously injured.