On the heels of an emotional apology Saturday, new video released Sunday shows that Canadian water polo star Nathan Kotylak tried to set not just one, but two fires, during the now infamous June 15th Vancouver riots.
Update: Film critic Roger Ebert has come out in defense of Nathan Kotylak
A Youtube video titled “Name That Moron – 2011 Stanley Cup Rioters Exposed (“Ten Idiots”)” shows Nathan Kotylak attempting to build and fan a fire in an industrial sized plastic garbage can during the intense rioting that followed the loss of the Stanley Cup by the Vancovuer Canucks on June 15th.
The video, on the left hand side of this article, shows Nathan Kotylak shifting items in a garbage can and fanning them with a piece of cardboard in an attempt to set them ablaze. The incident can be seen at 4:25 of the video.
This video is now the second instance showing Kotylak attempting to destroy public property and placing individuals on the streets in danger of fire and explosions.
The online controversy originally erupted last week after Nathan Kotylak was identified through videos and photographs taken during the Vancouver riots as a person of interest in the destruction of a Vancouver City Police vehicle.
Kotylak was photographed attempting to set a police car on fire after he had stuffed the open end of the gas tank with a torn shirt and tried to set it ablaze with a lighter. The car was later captured on film fully involved in flames but there is still no direct connection between the fire and Kotylak.
Nathan Kotylak made a public apology on Saturday calling his actions “dumb” and explaining that he had become “caught up in the moment” which led to his attempt at lighting a police car on fire while thousands of cameras caught his actions.
The Facebook group “100,000 strong to ban Nathan Kotylak from the Canada Olympic team” sprung up Sunday night with a clear message and purpose describing itself as “A group dedicated to supporting Canadian values and to denounce the actions of Nathan Kotylak.”
In a previous interview with the Canada Headlines Examiner column, the creator of the Facebook group Shelly Comeon called Nathan Kotylak’s actions “nothing short of a national embarrassment” and that they did not reflect “true Canadian values.”
The new video footage showing Nathan Kotylak attempting to set fire to a garbage can only strengthens the resolve that Shelly Comeon has in the validity and importance of the “”100,000 strong to ban Nathan Kotylak from the Canada Olympic team” Facebook group.
“What this new video shows” says Shelly Comeon “is a complete lack of disregard for public safety and public property by a young man that was in full control of his actions, and in full knowledge of the choices he was making.
“The apology that [Kotylak] gave on Saturday was yet another clear indication of his attempt to deceive the media and the public about his actions, as he clearly took no responsibility for the attempt at trying to set the garbage can on fire.”
Adds Comeon, “He isn’t sorry for what he has done, he is sorry that he got caught – two times now – and that his place on the Canadian national water polo team and his Olympic dreams are in jeopardy.”
According to reports by Global BC the Kotylak family has fled their residence after a flurry of threats were volleyed at the family, forcing Nathan Kotylak’s father to suspend his medical practice.
Says Global BC “Kotylak and his family had to flee their home last Thursday night after their address appeared online, and threats started coming in said his lawyer Bart Findlay.”
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