The parents of the 9-year-old Chiefs fan who was wearing team color facepaint and a Native American headdress are threatening to sue Deadspin. The parents demand a retraction of the article that accused the boy of wearing blackface, when in fact, he was not wearing blackface. Trending Politics reported on Holden Armenta, 9, being in a photo from the November 26th Chiefs game with black-and-red face paint and a Native American headdress costume.
However, in a piece titled, “The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress,” reporter Carron J. Phillips used a photograph of Holden from only his right side which suggested his entire face was painted black.Advertisement
“It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once,” Phillips wrote in his piece, which has since been flagged on X by community members for being “purposely deceiving.”
After more than a week of blowback, including the revelation that Holden and his family are Native American descendants, the young boy’s parents Shannon and Raul are floating the possibility of a lawsuit against Deadspin, according to the New York Post.