After a black eye mugshot and an arrest on charges of public intoxication and vandalism landed him in the headlines around the world, two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White has issued an apology to his fans.
"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 posted on his Facebook page Tuesday (September 18).
The 26-year-old, once nicknamed ‘‘the Flying Tomato,’’ who won a gold medal in Turin at the 2006 Olympics and in 2010 at the Vancouver Games, was arrested early Sunday morning in Nashville following the wedding of musician friend Patrick Carney, The Boston Globe reported.
"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," he added.
Nashville police said White, a multimillionaire with a clothing line and signature video game who expanded last year with a company selling skateboards, BMX bikes and other equipment, pulled a fire alarm at the luxury Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, forcing the hotel to evacuate all its guests, MTV news says. A Loews employee also reported that White had destroyed a hotel phone.
He was chased down on foot by Police after he tried to flee the scene. White was reportedly extremely drunk.
"Responding officers Sunday reported that White appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol," the police statement said, according to Reuters.
White was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries after hitting the fence. He was released late on Monday afternoon and remains free on his own recognizance, police said.
White was charged with public intoxication and vandalism and is due in court Oct. 10, ABC News said.