MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Ohio spring breaker Brady Sluder, whose comments on the coronavirus went viral after he brushed off the health risks of the virus saying “if I get corona, I get corona,” has issued an apology.

Sluder was partying with his friends on Miami’s South Beach on March 17 when he made the now-infamous comments to a Reuters news crew.

“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying. You know, I’ve been waiting, we’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned, two or three months, and we are just out here having a good time. And whatever happens, happens,” he said.

Sluder’s comments on coronavirus, in which he also said “I’m not going to let it stop me from partying'”, drew condemnation on social media where they were viewed by millions.

In a statement posted to his Instagram account on March 22, Sluder apologized, saying: “I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions.”

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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. ❤️

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“I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments. I’d like to take this time to own up to the mistakes I’ve made and apologize to the people I’ve offended.”

“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. 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. I will continue to 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.”

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