Nathan Kotylak apologizes for riot

Updated: June 19, 2011, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A rising star on Canada's junior water polo team has apologized for his role in the Stanley Cup riot.

A sobbing Nathan Kotylak told a local TV station that what he did was "dumb" and he's prepared to face the consequences.

He surrendered to police after social media sites posted pictures showing a youth stuffing a burning rag into the gas tank of a police car. The violence in Vancouver followed the Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Water Polo Canada did not identify Kotlak but said it suspended a player facing allegations stemming from the riot.

Kotylak's lawyer obtained a court order allowing the 17-year-old to make his public apology. Ordinarily, he would remain unidentified because of his age.


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