Shaun White on hotel fracas: My bad

Shaun White was arrested over the weekend in Nashville for some drunken antics. Now, he says he’s sorry for embarrassing his friends and family.

Shaun White apologizes for arrest

The Flying Tomato — also known as Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White — surprised fans when he was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication and vandalism in a drunken altercation in a Nashville hotel.

Now sober, White says he’s sorry for his antics.

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“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,” he wrote in a statement on Facebook. “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 was in the city to celebrate the wedding of musician Patrick Carney and apparently imbibed at the bar a little bit too much. The incident started early Sunday morning when he allegedly pulled a fire alarm inside a Loew’s hotel. A citizen tried to subdue him while waiting for police to arrive, but he tried to escape. He eventually fell backwards and hit a fence post, leaving him with a black eye, according to People.

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Maybe the whole thing can be blamed on his lack of tolerance for alcohol? White told AskMen that it doesn’t really take much to get him drunk.

“I’m not a big drinker. I have a couple drinks and I’m pretty much good to go,” he said after the 2010 Winter Olympics. “An average college kid could probably drink me under the table pretty quickly. I’m pretty sure that the average college kid probably hits it a lot harder than we do. We just get to do it in really cool places, like going out in Japan or Vancouver.”

And now, Nashville.

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Do you think this is a one-time incident for Shaun White, or a sign of bigger problems?


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