Elite Canadian Athlete Apologizes for Taking Part in Vancouver Riots
"What I did does not reflect the love, values, lessons and great opportunities that you have provided for me," Nathan Kotylak said in a teary apology over the weekend.
After the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of this year's hockey finals, it was Vancouver that reacted violently.
Last week's Vancouver riot especailly affected 17-year-old Nathan Kotylak, who was caught lighting a rag on fire that was in the gas tank of a trashed police car during the riot.
"I want to apologize for my mom and dad. What I did does not reflect the love, values, lessons and great opportunities that you have provided for me," Kotylak said in his apology after several people with cell phone video cameras/cameras caught him commiting the act. (Watch the news report below to see footage of Kotylak during the riots.)
Kotylak, who earned a scholarship to the University of Calgary because of his athletic abiity, is a member of the men's Canadian water polo team. But his collegiate future remains in imbo due to the participation in the Vancouver riots.
Kotylak came forward after attention on him grew. Calgary residents' reactions were mixed on how Kotylak should be punished.