Shaun White Apologizes for 'My Poor Behavior'

Arrested for public drunkenness, the snowboarder says he "got carried away" while celebrating with friends

Photo: Courtesy Metro Nashville Police Department

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.

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