Metro Nashville Police Dept.
Shaun White booking photo after the extreme athlete was allegedly involved in some extreme drinking that led to vandalism charges.
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White reached out to over 2 million fans following him on Facebook to express his regret for allegedly drunkenly pulling a fire alarm at a swanky hotel in Nashville this weekend.
"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, 26, wrote on his Facebook wall Tuesday.
"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," the snowboarder and skater wrote.
According to a statement by the Metro Nashville police department Monday, "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."
Police say the flamboyant White, a San Diego-native known as "The Flying Tomato", allegedly tried to escape, not by skateboard (from which he has won several X-Games medals) but via taxi. Unfortunately for him, a concerned citizen blocked the cab and told the driver he was calling the cops.
"When White overheard their conversation," the statement continued, "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."
Nashville police said the popular extreme athlete "appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol", according to the statement. "Arrest warrants charging White with vandalism and public intoxication were issued Sunday morning after he refused to sign misdemeanor citations."
He was released by police on his own recognizance Monday afternoon.
According to the AP, White is a multimillionaire with a clothing line and signature video game who expanded last year with a company selling skateboards, BMX bikes and other equipment.