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Weepy teen water polo player apologizes for role in Vancouver riot

Jun 19, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT


Seventeen-year-old Nathan Kotylak turned himself in to Vancouver police earlier today, and it’s looking like it may have been as much for his own protection as anything else. Kotylak, a former member of Canada’s junior national water polo team, was outed as a participant in Wednesday’s hockey riot when a photo and videos, showing him apparently trying to set a police car on fire, began circulating on the Internet.

Kotylak, the son of a prominent B.C. surgeon, quickly became the online poster boy for irresponsible, privileged youth who participated in the mayhem. The family lives in an upscale section of Vancouver and Nathan is headed to the University of Calgary on an athletic scholarship.

From the Calgary Herald:

“What I did was dumb and I let my family and friends down,” the 17-year-old told Global B.C., choking back tears with his parents at his side. “I was caught up in the moment.”

The teenager, who is noticeable in the photo for the distinctive pair of blue and orange running shoes, waived his rights as a young offender to go public with his apology Saturday evening.

“I want to own up to what I did and encourage others to do the same,” Kotylak told Global. “I’m just ashamed.”

Kotylak was suspended by Water Polo Canada on Friday.

Video here.

Teen water polo star apologizes for “dumb” role in riots [Calgary Herald]
Man caught in Vancouver riot photos tearfully apologizes [Global News]

  1. 1historian - Jun 19, 2011 at 6:14 AM

    Good to see him fess up and even better to hear him say he was ashamed of what he had done. He should be. Good for you, kid.

    • cleojim - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      good for him. He’s on video tape and everyones is saying he’s an idiot. What choice did he have but to say he’s sorry. The only sad thing is he’s 17, rich and he won’t go to jail. If he was a poor kid from a ghetto area, he would do jail time.

  2. qualitydoc - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    The Stalinists understand people like this young boy and referred to them as “useful idiots”. Instigators count on them. Once the violence has been initiated, the useful idiots keep the process going as part of the mob.

    Let’s keep our eye on the real problem, the real perpetrators, and the folks that allowed this to happen.

    Let’s remember our Mayor who was more interested in the upcoming election and cost overruns rather than ensuring sufficient police presence and public safety.

  3. graymi - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Um, he’s crying because he found out that he might get kicked off his team, nothing else. I can’t believe someone – 1Historian – would be gullible enough to buy that and then say job well done by apologizing. Please tell me that you don’t have kids. He could have potentially killed hundreds of people and because he cries on tv it makes it right? Put him in jail and let him cry all he wants there. I only feel bad for his parents who have such an idiot for a child.

  4. presuming ed - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    did he immediately come forward, hand himself in and apologise after his actions, or or did he do this only after he saw himself on tv/the internet? yep, thought so – crying because he’s been caught and finds himself in trouble and a little public humility may help his case. he deserves everything that’s coming to him.

  5. edo4cubs - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    BS…He got caught…. you think he would be apoligizing if he didnt face losing his scholarship and his dad losing millions as a rich surgeon…
    Sure burning a police car can happen to anyone right , just apoligize and cry and all is forgiven…no biggie sonny we know your sorry hec your rich ,so go home now and all is forgiven…. duh hec the stabbers get caught and say the same thing im sorry no biggie…. what a crock
    you know what s going to happen to these criminals NOTHING

  6. catoni52 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Don’t fool yourselves people. Don’t believe his statements.
    The only thing he is sorry about is that somebody posted his pictures on the interent and he got recognized. He got “outed”. He got caught.

  7. jefe77 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    So are the three teenagers, Tim Kwong, Kotylak and Alex Prochazka all the leaders of this world-wide Anarchist threat?????

    We better get some top intelligence on this case!!!!

    The fact that just some kid who is 17 was stuffing a burning rag into a Police cars gas tank seems to take away from the claim of a large group of anarchists. Tim Kwong, and the other aforementioned fans were also young, and seemed like fairly oridinary (for Vancouver) to me.

    It seems to me,….that this IS the kind of behavior that we can come to expect from Vancouver fans. I think that once Vancouver can ditch its arrogance and self-righteous image in the hockey world, everyone will be better off. The players, city, and fans can all just SHUT UP now, and realize that in hockey, you put your money where your mouth is.

    In the end, my Bruins won the Cup, and it doesn’t take a lot of brains to realize that the City of Boston would not have rioted, win or lose.