This is what can happen when you decide to behave like a moron one fine evening. And no, I’m not talking about Ryan Malone.
During the ridiculous riots in Vancouver last spring after the Canucks had lost to the Bruins, a 17 year old named Nathan Kotylak from nearby Maple Ridge, while proudly wearing his Canucks jersey, was photographed trying to light a rag stuffed into a cop car gas tank.
He also threw a burning piece of paper into the front seat of the cruiser, and fanned the flames of a fire in a garbage bin.
Was he just another low-life, like the kind we cross paths with throughout our lives? The ones who light up smokes in theatres, belch in restaurants, and send off serious body odour. Was he one of these, who are everywhere and who probably made up a lot of the crowd?
Young Nathan was an rising star in the water polo world, and poised to represent Canada in a future Olympics.
And now what’s happened to him? He’s been forced to give up his athletic scholarship at the University of Calgary. He’s no longer eligible to try out for the 2012 Olympic team. And his mother, a big shot in B.C. water-polo administration, has resigned from her posts. Probably from embarrassment.
Looks good on the kid. He’s the new poster boy for wishing he wouldn’t have done something stupid. And imagine if the police car would’ve exploded with all those people around?
Is poor young Nathan, who is now 18, the only one to feel heat after these imbecilic adventures of youth gone wild? Coming soon, in November the cops say, a whole boatload of morons will be officially charged. And I’m hoping more will lose scholarships, jobs, dreams, and even Olympic hopes like this guy.
It was a shameful time, stupid beyond description, and a word of warning for Montreal punks just biting at the bit for their turn. Smile, you’re on candid camera!