Video: Vancouver rioter apologizes

Posted June 19, 2011 on AlanaG's Blog:

A 17-year old involved in Wednesday night's Vancouver riots gave a tearful apology on Canadian television's Global News.

Olympic hopeful Nathan Kotylak played for Canada's U-18 water polo team
-- he doesn't anymore after being photographed trying to blow up a cop car.

  • for all intent and purpose he is a man,an adult. He destroyed public property and risked lives and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Imagine, all this over a hockey game. I love sports and hockey, but how freakin stupid do you have to be. when will we stop destroying ourselves over nothing.
  • Seventeen is not a man. Seventeen can be very mature, but seventeen is probably more rowdy, easily-influenced, impetuous, stupid, immature... Get a group of teens together and a lot of stupidness can happen. I do believe this teen has come to his senses and truly is remorseful for his actions. I truly believe him, that he is not apologetic just because he was caught due to the picture online. I believe he didn't think about the stupidity and consequenses of his actions, but that he is scared senseless and is, indeed, sorry.
  • I agree w/you. He seems very remorseful, especially for a 17yo. I hope this experience helps produce a stronger more mature young man who will undoubtedly make us all proud some day. I'll pray for Nathan and his parents. They are standing in the line of fire from the public and taking responsibility. God's speed to you Nate!
  • It's poor brain development. At 17 your frontal lobes are starting on a huge growth pattern that ends about 23 or 24. It's a dangerous age and many people have lost many opportunities because of the freedom kids have today. This makes me feel sick, when our culture doesn't understand kids and brain development.I think his parent's should have apologized.
  • There isn't anything different about kids today than kids of the 1950's. There were hundreds of young people at that riot but only a hand full decided to do something as stupid as this act. His parents did what all parents try to do. Raise their childern to the best of their ability and trust that they will follow the example set before them. As adults we set the standard that hopefully our children will follow. We're the adults it's our job to teach them, love them, care for them and nuture them not behave like them.

  • Nathan, for coming to terms with and facing up to what you did publicly, I think you're a very courageous young man! Believe me, not too many out here who call themselves adults would have the balls to stand up and face up to what you did. I admire you for your honesty! Trust me, your life has just begun my friend.

    Joe B.
    Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Thank you, Joe B. for those encouraging words to Nathan. He will grow form this experience, I'm sure. He is a courageous young man! As the victim of an assault and battery from an adult colleague in a former work place, and to have that person never take responsibility for his actions but continously lie his way through it all, it is refreshing to see Nathan be a real man @17 and stand up and face the consequences(which I sincerely hope will not discourage him and will in be constructive to his young life). Like you said: "your life has just begun my friend." God bless you and your parents Nathan. We're all "pulling" for you.
  • I commend him for accepteing his responsibility and for apologizing to his family, that says alot about his up bringing. Now he has to fully except his punishment. Life is about a journey and he like so many of us have done things we're ashamed of let's uplift him because he did the right thing by confessing and apologizing. This will follow him all the days of his life but it will also shape him let's pray that he will forgive himself and live a long prosperous life.

    God bless
  • Amen, brother!
  • Hey, I agree with you, Joe B. of Pittsburgh, PA! But go read this article and feel the vicious side of the coin, WOW! Poor kid won't stand much of a chance in that crowd of thinking, what a shame!
  • WTF?! Last week a kid was arrested for having baggy pants and not listening to a flight attendant to pull them up. He was vilified and people wanted him jailed and taught to have respect. Listen to you people making excuses for this punk who put a car in a Police's gas tank and tried to set it on fire. I hate the race card and people who play it but c'mon. Black kid being a smart ass, JAIL. White kid , arson of police car and rioting, commend him for taking responsiblity? Kodak63 wants us to pray for him and wish him a long and prosperous life?!?!?
  • The man who assaulted me was black and he lied lied lied and received the support of the school system where we worked, so it can work both ways, my friend. We are human and all make mistakes. Michael Vick went to prison and when he came out was welcomed right back into the sports world and is now richer than ever. Do you think a white kid would have faired as well? It seems that white boys get hit harder these days because society seems hell bent on hating and blaming the white male for everything. Lets be fair as a society.

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