A Gaelic football club player has been arrested in connection with a June fracas on Treasure Island that left another player in a coma.
Patrick Power, 26, was booked into San Francisco County Jail around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
Police believe Power sparked an off-the-ball incident during a San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association tournament match that dealt star footballer Mark McGovern severe brain trauma. Power played for the Celts, and McGovern for Ulster San Francisco.
McGovern was knocked unconscious during the fracas. His teammates heard Power say, “He won’t get up from that,” when McGovern went down.
Soon after the incident, San Francisco police had named Power a person of interest in the criminal case. At the time, investigators were looking for people to come forward while they built a case.
Meanwhile, the league suspended Power for 96 weeks for his involvement.
McGovern was hospitalized for five weeks and awoke from a coma last month. His family came from Ireland to live in The City during his recovery. He is currently rehabilitating. A fundraising effort has been set up to cover his hospital bill, which amount to $1.1 million, according to loved ones.