News item: Shaun White, winner of two Olympic snowboarding gold medals and 16 X Games gold medals for snowboarding and skateboarding, is charged with public intoxication and vandalism after allegedly wreaking havoc at a Nashville hotel.
The action sports superstar is reported to have pulled a fire alarm at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, causing evacuation of guests, and busting a hotel telephone.
Judging from his police mug shot (right), White came away with a black eye after colliding with a guest who claimed White intentionally charged him. The guest did not press charges. White has a court date for the vandalism and public intoxication charges on Oct. 10.
Reaction: This comes as somewhat of a surprise, but it's hardly a shocker. White, 26, is a big-time celebrity who likes to have fun -- lots of fun -- on and off the slopes and skate ramps. He loves the Hollywood lifestyle, fashionable clothing, and sometimes even the limelight. He enjoys a good party as much as the next person, and apparently he's still learning how to find a suitable balance.
When White was rising to phenom status, he enjoyed solid guidance from his parents, agents and sponsors. He was fun-loving then, too, but stayed out of big trouble, or kept his bigger troubles largely under wraps. (Wasn't there an incident with a crashed Lamborghini, followed by the purchase of a new Lamborghini, and driving lessons?)
According to People magazine, White was in Nashville for musician Patrick Carney's Saturday night wedding. People also reports that White has recently been romantically linked to Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.
That's a lot of pressure!
Hopefully, if this misstep was as crazy as implied by police affidavits and the many reports, White will simply learn from the experience and not offer an encore performance any time soon.After all, the 2014 Winter Olympics, and a chance at a halfpipe three-peat, are not far around the corner.