Olympic snowboarder Shaun White has been both arrested and hospitalized in Nashville, Tenn., following an alleged drunken confrontation with employees at the hotel where he was staying.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 3:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Shaun White has publicly apologized for the actions that led to his arrest.
The Associated Press (via Fox Sports) reported the following:
The 26-year-old snowboard star said Tuesday on his Facebook page he wants to apologize for ''any inconvenience it caused my family, friends, business partners, the hotel and their guests. He adds 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.''
This is the first step for White in an attempt to move past the embarrassing incident.
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TMZ reported the following about the incident:
White was in a Nashville hotel when he allegedly trashed his room in a stupor. When he was confronted by hotel staff, Shaun allegedly pulled several fire alarms and then ran fast ... so fast he fell and split his head open.
Law enforcement tells us Shaun was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism, but was taken to a hospital for treatment first. Once he's treated he'll be taken to jail.
The 26-year-old is one of the premier snowboarders in the world, winning the gold medal in the half pipe event at the last two Winter Olympics. He is also a favorite to win another gold during the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.
He has also been a fixture at both the Summer and Winter X Games. At the 2012 Winter X Games, White became the first person ever to score a perfect 100 on a half pipe event.
At the 2012 Summer X Games, White then decided not to rekindle his rivalry with Pierre-Luc Gagnon on the Skateboard Vert, as noted by ESPN's Keith Hamm.
White has also spent time this summer recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in late July.
As one of the most recognizable names in all of extreme sports, White is an international star. While athletes who compete in such dangerous events are known for having outlandish personalities, this will be a blow to his image.