Two-year ban for water polo star‎

At the height of the Canadian riots after the Stanley Cup loss of the Vancouver Canucks to the Boston Bruins, reports of violence, looting and arson were plentiful (2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot). One story however stood out from the usual pack as it was not the usual teenagers and groups of troublemakers making headlines but instead a future Canadian Olympic candidate being in the centre of media scrutiny. Prior to the start of the riots, Nathan Kotylak was on his way to representing the Canadian water polo team in the 2012 London Olympics. Instead of making headlines for his performance in the water pool, he has found himself in the middle of a media frenzy after pictures taken by witnesses emerged online showing him participating in the torching of a police vehicle. The 18-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C has apologized to the Canadian Sports Committee in June but was still banned from the professional until 2013 and will not be eligible for any funding by the sporting committee for two years.

The new “Water polo player suspended for role in Vancouver riot”, reported by CBC sports (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), focuses on the individual Nathan Kotylak in particular detail as the article tries to convey to its readers the mindset of the individual. In this particular case not only do they give a story or report on the situation of the arson but as well as separate section underneath giving a brief background story on the criminal at hand. In particular the article attempts to allow the responder to relate to Nathan by using a much more sympathetic tone and language such as constantly saying ‘apologetic’ and ‘taking responsibility’. To support this point the author even places a small photo with a clear water background behind Nathan to create an innocent image and feel for the readers.

More information:

Nathan Kotylak apology video. Click here.


3 comments on “Two-year ban for water polo star‎

  1. Claire says:

    We often see in the medai athletes who instead of being noticed for thier sporting ability, make headlines due to thier violent or socially unexceptable conduct. I question journalist ethics when covering such stories. Are they golorifying thier behaviour by giving it more exposure? Are they making the person accountable? Why is the public so concerned with the actions of athletes outside the sporting arena? These are all questions which i believe are worthy of discussion in regards to sport and the media. Claire

  2. No one is perfect. They should pay for what they did. However His identity was amplified generating unfair treatment by media. He should be treated as a fanatic fans who had suffered terrible lost, and then his identity. Some the media just stick on this kind of colorful news to fulfill in story. the Under such social pressure, the Canadian Sports Committee need to come out and show their attitude.

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