LaPaglia gets apology for stolen ball

Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia has tweeted a picture of a bizarre letter from a man who claims to have stolen one of his soccer balls in Los Angeles in 2006.

The South Australian actor, a Golden Globe winner for his portrayal of Jack Malone in US television series Without a Trace, posted a photograph of a letter he received from 'Dmitry Malyshev' early yesterday afternoon.

Introducing the letter, LaPaglia wrote, "Every now and then your faith in the good in people is justified .... This is amazing to me."

The writer claims to have stolen one of the balls from the Hollywood United goalkeeper in 2006, "I was watching your game at the cross roads field in west LA, I a saw a net full of soccer balls from the world cup in Germany. During the game, one ball got on the street and I just took it."

Malyshev goes on to explain that the apology is an item on the "amends list" of his 12 step program, and references the gift of a  'Brazuca' soccer ball from the upcoming World Cup in Brazil as a reimbursement.

A 12 step-program is a set of principles outlining a course of action for recovery in cases of addiction and related diseases.

LaPaglia was a goalkeeper for Adelaide City and West Adelaide in the National Soccer League in the 1980's, and a part owner of Sydney FC until 2008.

He is club president of Hollywood United, an amateur club which has fielded teams featuring the likes of former French international Frank LeBouef, former Wimbledon star turned actor Vinnie Jones and Hollywood hard man Jason Statham.

smh.com.au

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