Snowboarder Shaun White apologizes after arrest in Nashville

Shaun White with a black eye in his police mug shot.
Shaun White with a black eye in his police mug shot.
Posted: September 19, 2012

Snowboarder Shaun White apologized for an outburst at a hotel in Nashville that led police to charge him with vandalism and public intoxication.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, the 26-year-old White was alleged to have pulled a fire alarm while staying at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, causing the evacuation of all guests, and an employee said he saw White destroy a hotel phone, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

"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," White, who is also a professional skateboarder, said in a statement on his Facebook page.

White won Olympic gold medals in the men's snowboard competition in 2006 in Turin, Italy, and in 2010 at Vancouver. He also has won 12 Winter X Games gold medals for snowboarding and two skateboarding golds in the X Games. White is known for his appearance, with his long, curly red hair gaining him the nickname "Flying Tomato."

Police said that White attempted to leave the hotel in a cab and then fled on foot after kicking a man who attempted to stop him. White sustained a black eye when he struck his head on a fence and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to the Nashville police, who said responding officers reported that White appeared extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Arrest warrants charging White with vandalism and public intoxication were issued Monday after he refused to sign misdemeanor citations.

"I was celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away," White said. "I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."

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