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Shaun White Issues Heartfelt Mea Culpa Following Arrest

The Olympic gold medalist was charged with vandalism and public intoxication on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

Shaun White is sorry for getting “carried away.”

The two-time Olympic gold medalist has issued a mea culpa after being arrested Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. White was charged with vandalism and public intoxication after he allegedly pulled a hotel fire alarm, forcing guests to evacuate, attempted to flee the scene and kicked a witness that attempted to stop him.

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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,” White said in a statement via Facebook on 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 incident ultimately put the 26-year-old athlete in the hospital, after reportedly falling backwards and striking his head against a fence as he attempted to run away from the scene. In White’s mugshot, he is seen sporting a black eye on the left side of his face.

White rose to prominence as a professional snowboarder and skateboarder, winning two Olympic gold medals and becoming an X-Games staple. In 2011, following his turn at the 2010 Vancouver games, White had a cameo appearance opposite Justin Timberlake in Screen Gems’ Friends With Benefits.

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