UPDATE: Football spectator barred after coffee throwing incident

Colwood man faces undetermined charges for his actions as a result of drunken 'bet'

A 22-year-old Colwood man is scheduled to appear in court after being arrested at the Westshore Rebels playoff football game Saturday night at Westhills Stadium.

Stadium security, and later West Shore RCMP, sprang into action just after 9 p.m. when a clearly intoxicated man threw coffee in the face of Vancouver Island Raiders’ quarterback Jacob Laberge near the Raiders’ sideline.

On Sunday, Rebels team president Doug Kobayashi wrote a letter of apology to the Raiders. “We have a zero tolerance policy on the behaviour shown toward your player. The spectator involved in this incident will be banned from all our future football games at the stadium and is being dealt with by the police,” he wrote in a statement.

According to Laberge, the fan said, “Hey 12, great game, man,” and went for a fist bump, but instead threw coffee. Laberge said the incident wasn’t a negative distraction. “He got me pumped up, he got us fired up on our offence,” he said.

Raiders head coach Jerome Erdman called the incident “embarrassing and shocking”.

“What kind of moron does that? … 99.999 per cent of these fans are absolutely awesome, but all it takes is one idiot to do that,” he said.

In response to the security concerns, fans were not allowed onto the field after the game.

“This disgraceful act was apparently motivated by a bet with the suspect’s friends,” said West Shore RCMP Const. Alex Berube, adding that the event was an “isolated incident.” The man was released on Promise to Appear on Dec. 29.

– with files from Greg Sakaki

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Fun zone the heart of Sooke’s 20th-anniversary celebration

Donations in remembrance of Hannah Day showed the community’s generosity

Junior Shamrocks fall to Northmen in 2019 Minto Cup

Orangeville tops Victoria in three-game sweep

Buffy the audience slayer: St. Marie coming to Sidney

Powerful live shows a big part of veteran Canadian folk star’s success; she’s here Sept. 26-27

Victoria Shamrocks shoot for the WLA title on home floor

Senoir lacrosse team takes on Maple Ridge in Colwood Sunday at 6 p.m.

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Most Read