Shaun White apologizes for arrest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized Tuesday for "unwise choices," saying he got "carried away" after police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate.
White was charged with public intoxication and vandalism and is due in court Oct. 10.
The 26-year-old snowboard star said on his Facebook page he wants to apologize for "any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. He added that he was "celebrating a happy occasion with a ton of family and friends and got carried away. I'm truly sorry for my poor behavior."
Officers responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday after a man identified as the 26-year-old White pulled a fire alarm, forcing the hotel to evacuate all guests. An employee also reported seeing White destroy a hotel phone.
White tried to leave the hotel in a cab before being stopped by a hotel guest who told the driver police had been called. According to police, White kicked at the man before running away. The man chased him and they collided when White turned around. White, who is also one of the world's top skateboarders, fell back and hit his head against a fence, police said.
White, who appeared to be drunk, was given the opportunity to sign misdemeanor citations and refused, police said.
"He basically put himself in jail by not signing that," a police source told ESPN.com.
A spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital said White was treated there and released on Monday before being arrested and booked by police. A mug shot released by police shows White with a black eye.
White won a gold medal in Turin at the 2006 Olympics and in 2010 at the Vancouver Games, and he is an action sports superstar whether skateboarding during the summer or snowboarding in the winter. He's also a multimillionaire with a clothing line and signature video game who expanded last year with a company selling skateboards, BMX bikes and other equipment.
White also has won 24 X Games medals as a snowboarder and skateboarder, including 16 golds.
The Nashville incident is not White's first hotel run-in. He also was cited by Breckenridge, Colo., police in December 2007 for discharging a fire extinguisher in a hotel game room. That act was caught on surveillance video, and police used the footage to identify White, then 21, later that evening.
Information from ESPN.com's Devon O'Neil and The Associated Press was used in this report.