Sunday, September 22, 2013

Parents want to sue ex-football player Holloway for republishing kids' social media showing them trashing his home; on what grounds?

There’s a lot of hoopla in the media over ex-pro-football player Brian Holloway, over the way he turned some teens’ social media back on itself in a “teachable moment”. 
While Holloway was in Florida, a number of “friends” of his son partied at his upstate New York house, and apparently trashed it, resulting in the police coming with arrests.  Kids made videos and tweeted their behavior.  To “teach them a lesson”, Holloway republished some of the kids’ own videos on his site “Help Me Save 300”, here.

Parents of the teens were angry at Holloway for republishing the crimes against his property, when the teens had already bragged about the crimes on Twitter and other social media.  What, he’s supposed to “protect” minors who have committed crimes against him and bragged about it?  The New York Daily News reports that the parents may actually sue him (link here).  On what grounds?  Is there a copyright issue here? Therre is no libel because the material is true, and there is no invasion of privacy. Would this be an example of SLAPP?  Would that even be legal in New York State?
There is more about Holloway on TMZ, here

Really, parents, do you expect Holloway just to “take” this vandalism because he is “rich”?  This is hardly “Revolution”.  (There was revolutionary language out of the 70s, calling the police “pigs” when they arrived.)   Once the kids posted this on social media, it would live forever. 

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