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Gold Medalist Shaun White Apologizes After Nashville Arrest

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two-time Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White has apologized for the "unwise choices" he made that left him facing charges of public intoxication and vandalism.

Police responded to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville at 2 a.m. Sunday after reports of a drunken man, identified as White, who pulled a fire alarm. The hotel was forced 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.

Officials said White was given the opportunity to sign misdemeanor citations and refused.

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 was released by police late Monday afternoon on his own recognizance. His court date was set for October 10.

His manager had no immediate comment when reached by The Associated Press, although White said Tuesday on his Facebook page he wanted 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."

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 cleaned up at the Winter X Games, winning medals every year since 2002.

(NewsChannel5 and The Associated Press.)

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