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Shaun White arrested for vandalism, hospitalized

Sep 17, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

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Gold medal snowboarder Shaun White was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism Monday in Nashville after an altercation at a hotel, according to the AP.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a release that officers were called to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel after the 26-year-old allegedly pulled the fire alarm around 2 a.m. Monday morning, which forced an evacuation of the guests.

White then tried to escape in a cab, but when someone attempted to stop the action sports star, he kicked the “citizen” and tried to flee on foot. After a short chase White bumped into the same citizen, fell backward, and hit his head on a fence. He was then taken to be treated at a local hospital.

White turned down an opportunity to sign a misdemeanor citation and is charged with vandalism of $500 or less for breaking a phone during the incident.

White was released from Baptist Hospital Monday and has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 10. No news outlets have been able to reach White’s reps for comment. They’re apparently on vacation.

Shaun White apologizes for “unwise choices”

  1. namriverrat69 - Sep 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    How old is the flying tomato now? He should be more mature than this. By the way, whose mother wouldn’t be disappointed? I don’t know a lot of his personal life but this behavior I would have expected perhaps 4 to 5 years ago when it could still called youthful exhuberance. Now he is just another stupid drunk gone wild.

    • stakex - Sep 17, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      You know why hes not more mature then this? Because society lets idiots that are famous off too easy when they do crap like this.

      Afterall, what do you think would happen to an average Joe who pulled the fire alarm at an upscale hotel, assaulted someone, and then tried to run from the police? A lot more then being charged with nothing more then breaking a phone, I promis you that.

      • Matthew Kitchen - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        The person White kicked decided not to file assault charges, probably because they weren’t injured and actually helped apprehend White in the end. We’ll see if the public scrutiny takes a toll on White’s endorsements.

      • cowboy43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        He’s lucky. The whole hotel had to evacuate at 2 a.m. in February? Someone should have kicked his ass, hands down. I have a toddler and an infant. Murderous rage would probably best describe how I would have felt trying to get them back to sleep after having to evacuate at 2 a.m.

        Yup. He’s lucky. Someone should have kicked his ass. An arrest is not nearly as effective as a good old fashioned ass kicking. It does wonders for aberrant behavior.

    • alan3008 - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Try reading. It says 26 years old in the story.

      • namriverrat69 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        Alan3008 Thank you so much for stating that the story says he is 26 years old. Most people with more than a 3rd grade education would have understood I was being fascetious about his age. You being sharp as a marble jumped all over that. Good comeback and good post on your own part. You certainly had a lot of constructive things to say there. Keep up the good work young man and you will go far in life. Your negativeness will carry you a very long way.

        And thanks for your put down comment. You really put me in my place. Congratulations are in order to you.

  2. tomgreg2008 - Sep 18, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    It’s facetious.

  3. cssidenver - Sep 18, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Let’s call it “arrested development”. All too often these young phenoms reach stardom while at a very young age. They then get thrust into this maelstrom of fan adulation, press coverage ad nauseum, and self image. The development, in social skills, maturity, all suffer from it and too often it is “arrested”, read stopped. These people need to spend time with regular folks who have jobs, who struggle daily with their jobs, their obligations and their self-esteem, all challenging parts of development ….but, it gives them, voila? development! Instant stardom denies some of these young athletes ot this period of growthl and it often manifests itself in bizarre behaviour.
    Try dating one of these phenoms – all they know how to talk about is their chosen discipline. They have excluded all else in their pursuit of victory. They often can’t hold a coherent conversation about the variety of things that make up a regular life. It is thier loss!

  4. rjwatson47303 - Sep 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Why does everyone have to be so judgmental of others’ misfortunes, especially famous people. As if we are all perfect. Ok he messed up, it happens, move on with your lives and hope you don’t end up doing something YOU will regret. I guarantee if you do something similar, it won’t make national news! Sorry for all the bad press Shaun – still the best!!!

  5. materialman80 - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM


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