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Gold Medalist Shaun White Apologizes for Intoxication Charge

September 18, 2012

Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Shaun White apologized for an outburst at a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel that led police to charge him with vandalism and public intoxication.

White, 26, 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 men’s snowboard competition in 2006 at 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. He’s also known for his appearance, with long, curly red hair gaining him the nickname “Flying Tomato.”

Police said that White allegedly attempted to leave the hotel in a cab and then fled on foot after kicking a man who attempted to stop him. White got 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 on Sept. 16 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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