Olympic snowboarding medalist Shaun White apologized Tuesday, a day after his arrest on vandalism and public intoxication charges at a hotel in Nashville.
White, 26, was arrested after allegedly trashing his Nashville hotel room. White also allegedly attempted to attack a hotel guest who tried to subdue him.
According to the Public Affairs Manager Don Aaron for the Metropolitan Police Department , the Olympic gold medalist was charged with vandalism and public intoxication following a chain of overnight events early Sunday morning at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on West End Avenue where White was a guest. Officers responded to the hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday regarding an intoxicated man, reportedly White, who allegedly pulled a fire alarm at the hotel which caused the evacuation of all guests. An employee also said that he saw White destroy a hotel phone.
White reportedly attempted to flee the hotel in a cab but a citizen prevented the cab from leaving, telling the driver he was calling police. When White overheard their conversation, he allegedly kicked the citizen and fled on foot. The citizen reported that he chased White until White turned and ran into him apparently causing White to fall backwards and strike his head against a fence. White was transported to a local hospital
for treatment. He was released late this afternoon and is free on his own recognizance.
The citizen declined to prosecute White for assault. Responding officers Sunday reported that White appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. Arrest warrants charging White with vandalism and public intoxication were issued Sunday after he refused to sign misdemeanor citations.
The snowboarder, nicknamed “The Flying Tomato” for his distinctive red hair, posted an apology on his Facebook page Tuesday.
“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 wrote. “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.”