A man who made headlines saying that he would continue to party in Florida amid the coronavirus pandemic has issued an apology.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” Brady Sluder told news outlets last week in Miami, which drew international headlines and widespread condemnation. “We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.”
But in an Instagram post this week, Sluder issued an apology over his remarks.
“I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive comment I made in regards to COVID-19 while on spring break. I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments,” he wrote. “I’d like to take this time to own up to the mistakes I’ve made and apologize to the people I’ve offended.”
Sluder, who The Associated Press reported is 22 and lives in Ohio, added that he now understands the severity of the CCP virus outbreak and wants to play a role in stopping its spread.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.
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I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I’m not proud of. I’ve failed, I’ve let down, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I can’t apologize enough to the people i’ve offended and the lives I’ve insulted. I’m not asking for your forgiveness, or pity. I want to use this as motivation to become a better person, a better son, a better friend, and a better citizen. Listen to your communities and do as health officials say. Life is precious. Don’t be arrogant and think you’re invincible like myself. I’ve learned from these trying times and I’ve felt the repercussions to the fullest. Unfortunately, simply apologizing doesn’t justify my behavior. I’m simply owning up to my mistakes and taking full responsibility for my actions. Thank you for your time, and stay safe everyone. ❤️
“Like many others, I have elderly people who I adore more than anything in the world and other family members who are at risk, and I understand how concerning this disease is for us all,” he said. “Our generation may feel invincible, like I did when I commented, but we have a responsibility to listen and follow the recommendations in our communities.”
Sluder said he will now “reflect and learn from this and continue to pray for our well-being. I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart for my insensitivity and unawareness of my actions.”
His “corona” comments were widely shared on social media as an example of the reckless attitude that some spring break revelers displayed as authorities in Florida and New York warned people to stay home.