UCSB Soccer Player Charged with Battery
Peter McGlynn Offers Apology Via Twitter
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office has filed a misdemeanor charge of battery on a sports official against Peter McGlynn, the UCSB soccer player who shoved a referee to the ground after the Gauchos's 2-1 overtime loss to UC Davis on Sunday.
McGlynn's outburst came after a contentious refereeing decision handed the Gauchos their third consecutive overtime defeat. He was cut from UCSB's roster on Tuesday. Head Coach Tim Von Steeg will serve a one-game suspension after he and referee Reed Christy verbally sparred on the field shortly before McGlynn's dramatic entrance.
Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said McGlynn will appear in court sometime in the next two weeks
On Tuesday, McGlynn posted a formal apology via Twitter, which is reprinted in full below:
I would just like to take this opportunity to express how deeply I regret the incident I was involved in on Sunday. My actions were completely my own and now I will accept the full consequences of the matter. Not only did I let myself and my family down, but also my team, the coaching staff, the athletic department, UCSB, the alumni, and everybody from the Santa Barbara community, and I would want to say to all involved of how very sorry I am. I am very sad to leave a program of the highest integrity behind with a tarnished reputation because of my selfish and immature actions. I am completely embarrassed to end such a fantastic chapter in my life in such shame. I would like to wish the best to the program in continued success and dominance, as the amazing support from the students and the community truly deserve. I want to also express my gratitude to everybody for their kind messages of love and support, and will never forget how you all helped me through this ordeal. Go Gauchos.