Defamation and Deception as the Family of Boy Falsely Accused of Racism Strikes Back

Written by on February 12, 2024

Defamation and Deception as the Family of Boy Falsely Accused of Racism Strikes Back

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist / Political Candidate

The media smeared this kid. Now he's suing.

The media smeared this kid. Now he’s suing.


Defamation and Deception as the Family of Boy Falsely Accused of Racism Strikes Back

The media, once again, finds itself embroiled in controversy as the family of 9-year-old Holden Armenta takes legal action against the publisher of an article tarnishing the boy’s reputation with baseless accusations of racism.

Last December, the sports outlet ‘Deadspin’ thrust young Holden into the spotlight, alleging that he donned blackface and engaged in “cultural appropriation” by wearing a Native American headdress at a Kansas City Chiefs game. However, the truth obscured by selective framing emerged when it was revealed that the photo featured only one side of Holden’s face, failing to capture the full context – the other half painted red in a display of team spirit. Furthermore, Deadspin’s omission of the fact that Holden hails from Native American heritage further exacerbated the misrepresentation.

In response to the malicious article, the Armenta family took decisive action, filing a lawsuit on Tuesday citing defamation and irreparable harm caused by Deadspin’s false portrayal. They assert that the outlet intentionally perpetuated falsehoods, branding the family as racially intolerant individuals and inviting a deluge of vitriol, including death threats.

Prior to initiating legal proceedings, the Armenta family extended a reasonable request for a retraction and apology from Deadspin. However, their appeals fell on deaf ears, with the outlet opting for minimal corrective measures by amending the article online, a feeble attempt at rectification that fails to erase the damage inflicted.

The lawsuit serves as a testament to the family’s determination to reclaim their dignity and hold Deadspin accountable for its egregious actions. In their pursuit of justice, they seek not only to clear Holden’s name but also to shed light on the insidious nature of media sensationalism and the dire consequences of its unchecked power.

As the legal battle unfolds, it underscores the importance of safeguarding truth and integrity in journalism, reminding us all of the profound impact of accountability in shaping the narratives that shape our society.

The final word comes straight from the family’s lawsuit, which sums this up perfectly: “The Armenta Family brings this lawsuit to set the record straight and to hold Deadspin accountable for willfully spreading incendiary lies about a nine-year-old child who it chose as a vehicle for its race-baiting agenda.”

[Source: TMZ, NY Post]








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