Mark McGovern Attack: DA Seeking Witnesses in 2011 Gaelic Football Fracas
Patrick Power was detained shortly after McGovern was knocked to the ground during a Gaelic Football match hosted by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) last year. Power allegedly instigated the fight that put McGovern in a coma for more than five weeks. McGovern, who came to San Francisco to play with the Ulster Club this summer, fell to the ground and began having seizures -- yet he had been nowhere near the ball when he collapsed. Witnesses of the July 25 incident allegedly heard Power saying "you won't get up from that."
Power, a Half Moon Bay resident, was suspended from the from the GAA for a reported 96 weeks, despite the fact that he was released and no criminal charges were filed against him. Part of the problem, the DA explains, is that nobody actually saw Power knock McGovern to the ground.
The DA's office is looking for anyone who was at the game that day and possibly witnessed the incident, hoping they will tell officials what they saw.