You’re going to see plenty of stories like this in the next few days, one would imagine, as police comb through photos and video of those involved in the Vancouver hockey riot. One of the first rioters to turn himself in to police will be Nathan Kotylak, 17, shown here apparently lighting a police car on fire, and with his water polo teammates in the inset.
Kotylak, the “son of a highly-respected surgeon” according to CBC News, was outed by several people who recognized the star athlete from this notorious video which has become one of the most seen images of the riot. The private school senior plays on Canada’s junior national water polo team and lives in Maple Ridge, a wealthy suburb of Vancouver. He has a partial scholarship to play water polo at the University of Calgary next year. His father says he wants to major in kinesiology and one day play in the Olympics, according to CBC.
“The teen’s father, a surgeon in B.C., told CBC News on Friday that the Grade 12 student will be “doing the right thing” by turning himself in.He added that he wishes that his older son had been there that night to look out for his 17-year-old.”
Canada, and indeed a lot of the word, is not amused. There’s already a Facebook site entitled “Nathan Kotylak go to Jail, Do not Pass Go,” which has more than 1,500 followers as of this writing. Sample posts:
“If he did this on a plane he would be a terrorist. Is there any difference here????”
“This kid is out of control…maybe Dad and Mom should do some serious thinking about the reality this kid will be facing in the real work.”
A.B. This kid is screwed, literally… or at least will be shortly. What did he possibly think the outcome of this would be? Did he not think about how this would lead to him becoming the Adam Lambert of The Vancouver Department of Corrections?
Bro, YOU ARE ON CAMERA!
Like the best espisodes of “It’s Always Sunny’ this kid managed to commit multiple felonies in a matter of minutes. As if lighting a cop car on fire isn’t bad enough, this could have been much worse. What would have happened if the explosion killed numerous looker-ons? This kid would have been facing murder charges, or multiple counts of manslaughter at the very least. Add that to what he is already facing and you have an instant lifer.
This truly takes stupidity to a whole different level. All the money in the world can’t get you out of this one… or can it?