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Spring break partier apologizes after viral 'if I get corona, I get corona' comment

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 3/25/2020 James Weber, Cincinnati Enquirer
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CINCINNATI – The   Ohio man who gained notoriety last week for indulging in spring break partying during a pandemic despite warnings against large gatherings has apologized. 

Brady Sluder said he has realized he's not invincible after all. 

"I wasn't aware of the severity of my actions and comments," Sluder posted in an apology on his Instagram account March 22. "I'd like to take this time to own up to the mistakes I've made and apologize to the people I've offended."

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Sluder drew attention for a TV interview from Miami in which he downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

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"If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying," Sluder said in the TV interview. "We're just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens."

The clip has been used to highlight crowds of spring break revelers defying stay-at-home suggestions – which have since turned into stay-at-home orders for several states. The video aired on various national media outlets, including in a story March 19 on NBC’s "Today" show.

Sluder said in his apology that he was feeling "invincible" like many others his age. The disease appears deadliest to the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions, which has led some young adults to falsely assume they can't get seriously ill from it. 

"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 wrote. "I will continue to reflect and learn from this and continue to play for our well-being. I deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart for my insensitivity and unawareness of my actions.”

He said he doesn't want to endanger the elderly and other at-risk people in his life. 

In the caption for his post, he added: “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…Don’t be arrogant and think you’re invincible like myself.”

a group of people sitting at a crowded beach: The shore is crowded during spring Break at Casino Beach in Pensacola on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. © Gregg Pachkowski, gregg@pnj.com The shore is crowded during spring Break at Casino Beach in Pensacola on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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