The two men charged with disorderly conduct after practicing a sport called parkour on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Monday have issued an apology to the people of the Lowcountry and the emergency crews that saved them.
Parkour was developed in France in the 1920s by a man named David Belle. Belle's idea was to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing, and jumping.
David Aylor, attorney for 18-year-old Kahrall Wright and 21-year-old James Tomberlin, released the following statement on his clients' behalf on Wednesday:
We wish to offer our most sincere apologies to those who were either stuck in traffic or inconvenienced while we attempted to scale the Ravenel Bridge. We also want to apologize to and thank the police officers and fire fighters who came to our aid. At the time, we did not recognize the impact our actions would have and how it could have possibly jeopardize the safety of others who responded to the Ravenel Bridge. We've learned a valuable lesson and again want to apologize to the community and the first responders.
Wright and Tomberlin were released from the Al Cannon Detention Center on $262 bonds on Tuesday.
During the bond hearing, a judge told them, "If you want to play parkour, I suggest you go to Las Vegas and join Cirque du Soleil."
Both men are scheduled to appear in Mt. Pleasant court on June 11.