UPDATE: Cal Suspends Local Water Polo Player

Sophomore Nick Santala, a JSerra grad from Aliso Viejo, was one of five people removed from the men's water polo team at UC Berkeley.

An athlete from Aliso Viejo was one of five men suspended by UC Berkeley's water polo squad for violating the team’s code of conduct, according to a news report.

Nick Santala, 20, a sophomore who graduated from JSerra Catholic High School, was kicked off the team for an indefinite period, according to the Daily Californian.

“We had a code of conduct problem,” Coach Kirk Everist told the paper. “We had a number of players that gave me no choice but to remove them from the team.”

Everist said the conduct code isn't a signed document but is something all the players know about. Berkeley officials declined to reveal the nature of the code violation.

The other players were senior goalie Justin Parsons of San Diego; sophomore attacker Max Bergeson, a Corona del Mar High grad; junior attacker Perry Short of Australia; and junior attacker Tommy Gilfillan of Pasadena.

Santala also played attacker.

To see the full Daily Californian article, click here.

Jeremy Mauss September 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
He was kicked off for drug incident theskipshot.com/2012/9/18/3352570/cal-water-polo-suspends-players-drugs
Robin Carden September 19, 2012 at 02:29 AM
These are young Men trying to play the hardest sport in the world, go to class and become responsible. Nick Santala comes from a strong and great family. I support him, he might have made a mistake but that is what growing up does. It challenges the inner core of the person. I believe he will and the family will rebound stronger. The whole story might not be told, but I stand behind the family. They have my support - R. Carden
Ronald Hill September 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Don't we have enough negative news in the world without trying to embarass a local young man? Sure ,Nick made a major mistake.If you are a human being, you,like me and Nick, have done something stupid. It doesn't mean the world should know. Where were you when Nick did good things? You and your paper had an opportunity to allow Nick and his family and peers the ability to sort it out themselves. But NO!!! You have to be like all of the other crap journalists who report the bad things about people and life. You had a choice and you blew it. What joy did it give you to further hurt a young man who made a mistake? Ron Hill AV
Cristin Haddad September 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Nick Santala chose to face a difficult situation with the honesty and integrity that his parents raised him with. His mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong time and there is ZERO evidence to suggest otherwise. He is a top athlete at one of the top schools in the country. How sad that AV Patch chose to repeat such an inflammatory story without having any facts- especially about a member of your own community. Shame on you...
George Chrisman September 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
There's really nothing inflammatory here. Just facts. When 5 players aren't in uniform for a major game at USC today, don't think it bears mention that there are 5 players no longer on the roster? Should everyone just pretend they were never really on the team?


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