Deadspin vilified a young Chiefs fan over face paint. The boy just did his painted victory dance in person at the Super Bowl.

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Deadspin vilified a 9-year-old Kansas City Chiefs fan last year for wearing face paint to a game. The article, penned by Deadspin senior writer Carron Phillips, alleged the boy "found a way to hate Black people and Native Americans at the same time."

The family of the traduced child filed a lawsuit against Deadspin last week. Fortunately, the boy did not have to wait until the suit's resolution for a major win.

Holden Armenta donned more paint and feathers to support his team Sunday and watched them beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in person at Super Bowl LVIII.

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According to the Washington Examiner, a group led by Patriots Prayer host Eddie Smith along with "Skin in the Game" co-hosts Maurice — known online as the Native Patriot — and Anthony Chavez raised over $11,000 to send Armenta to the big game.

Their GiveSendGo campaign noted, "We believe in supporting Holden's Superbowl [sic] dream to counteract the unjust treatment he received from the media. Our goal is to send Holden to the Superbowl, allowing him to experience the joy of being a dedicated Chiefs fan without the shadow of false accusations."

Maurice told the Examiner, "Just the demonization that that kid went through and that family went through. I wanted to turn something dark into something light for them, so that way he can go back out there and basically get a second shot."

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Blaze News previously reported that Holden Armenta was smeared by Deadspin's Carron Phillips after wearing an Indian headdress to a November 2023 game between the Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders.

The original article — which has since been partially revised but nevertheless maintains its initial argument — was entitled, "The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress."

Holden Armenta, a child of Chumash Indian heritage, had dared to wear his favorite team's colors to the Chiefs-Raiders game on Nov. 26. Extra to his jersey and an Indian headdress, he painted one side of his face red and the other side black.

The Deadspin article featured an image of the child in profile such that only the black-painted side of his face could be seen.

Phillips' article started off weighed down with presumptions: "It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once. But on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, a Kansas City Chiefs fan found a way to hate Black people and the Native Americans at the same time."

Phillips exploited this false narrative to suggest that "this is what happens when you ban books, stand against Critical Race Theory, and try to erase centuries of hate. You give future generations the ammunition they need to evolve and create racism better than before."

In addition to slamming the child, Phillips, who still writes for Deadspin, insinuated that Holden Armenta's family "taught" the boy to hate black people and Indians.

When critics lashed out at Phillips and Deadspin over their hit piece targeting a child, Phillips doubled down, accusing his critics of being racist as well.

The family filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware on Feb. 6 seeking damages and a "narrowly-tailored injunction" prohibiting the republication of any statement or image found by the jury to be false and defamatory.

The suit stressed that the hit piece "maliciously and wantonly" attacked "a nine-year-old boy and his parents for Phillips' own race-drenched political agenda."

A race-obsessive writer evidently couldn't hold Holden Armenta down.

Footage shows the boy decked out in his Indian war paint and headdress leaving a Nevada hotel with his father for the game. In addition to showing off his ceremonial touchdown dance, Holden also demonstrated his practiced tomahawk chop.

Shannon Armenta, the boy's mother, indicated in a pregame video, "We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our family. It means the world to us, so thank you.

Eddie Smith said, "On to the next one, guys. This is just one victory in many."

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The Native Patriot wrote in a Sunday afternoon post to X, "I feel blessed and honored to be part of this movement. We have taken a dark smear against a child and turned it into something incredible! ... I believe this is a huge win against cancel culture, and against the dark side of the media that only wishes to destroy, smear, and defame."

My immediate reaction to this.\n\n I feel blessed and honored to be a part of this movement. We have taken a dark smear against a child and turned it into something incredible! \n\n The Armenta\u2019s are amazing people. I\u2019m blessed to have met them. \n\n Every one that took a part\u2026
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Parents of boy suspended for wearing 'warrior paint' at football game sue principal and superintendent

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An eighth-grade student in La Jolla, California, attended a high school football game in his free time on Oct. 13. In an effort to emulate his sports heroes, he donned warrior paint on his cheeks, temples, and chin. According to the principal of his school, this common practice amounted to a "hate incident" — at least when executed by this particular child.

The principal reportedly banned the 13-year-old from attending San Diego Unified School District sporting events for the remainder of the year and suspended him from school for two days, accusing him of hatred with "intent to harm."

In an effort to clear the boy's name, the Ameduri family is now suing Muirlands Middle School Principal Jeffrey Luna and Lamont Jackson, the superintendent of the SDUSD who denied the boy's suspension appeal. The boy's family has demanded a jury trial.

Painting a child as a villain

Blaze News previously reported that the boy, referred to as J.A. in court documents, donned the face paint for a game between La Jolla High School and Morse High School. The Center for American Liberty indicated the boy wasn't alone: "Several other students put eye black in various designs on their faces."

According to the lawsuit, the boy's intent "in having his friend paint Warrior eye black on his face was to show spirit for the football team along with the many other fans in attendance. He was not familiar with the concept of 'blackface' at the time he put on the Warrior eye black. He had no intent to mimic or mock anyone when he donned the Warrior eye black, nor did he engage in any behavior that could be characterized as mimicking or mocking Black people while wearing it."

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The game was not sponsored or affiliated with J.A.'s school. Even if it was, the lawsuit further noted that the SDUSD has not rules or policies barring fans from wearing eye black or face paint at games.

"It was a normal day, everything was normal. No one said anything. It was a normal football game and La Jolla won," the boy's father, Daniel Ameduri, told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday. "I used to go to a lot of football games when I lived in Texas, and I used to play football and sometimes we put that on if one of the kids brought it."

"Then the following Monday, Tuesday, nothing," continued Ameduri. "Wednesday afternoon the principal called J.A. into the office, and the next morning my wife and I showed up and he said, 'He did blackface,' and he was suspended for two days and was gonna be banned from sports."

The suspension notice said the boy "painted his face black at a football game" and categorized it as a "Hate Incident" with the "intent to harm."

Ameduri recalled having showed the principal, Jeffrey Luna, a photograph of his boy in an effort to "vindicate" his son, but that did not sway Luna, who allegedly responded, "No, that's blackface."

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Clearing his name

The family filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Tuesday, accusing Luna and SDUSD superintendent Jackson of violating J.A.'s First Amendment rights, his right of due process, and the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

The complaint noted that J.A. was within his constitutional rights when wearing eye black "to show spirit" at the game — constitutional rights students "do not shed ... at the schoolhouse gate."

By punishing J.A. "for his protected speech, Principal Luna and the SDUSD Office of Placement and Appeals exhibited oppression, malice, gross negligence, willful or wanton misconduct, and/or a reckless disregard for J.A.'s civil right," said the lawsuit.

Furthermore, by suspending J.A. alone for wearing the "warrior eye black," the complaint suggests Luna and other defendants "intentionally treated J.A. differently from other similarly situated football fans at the Game ... among them Muirlands students, who were at the Game wearing eye black and face paint as their situations were directly comparable in all material respects."

"J.A. was irrationally singled out for punishment," according to the complaint.

The family wants J.A.'s sporting-event ban lifted; his disciplinary record pertaining to the incident expunged; a declaration on the part of the principal and superintendent that the actions taken against the boy violated his constitutional rights; and damages, in an amount to be determined at trial.

Karin Sweigart, a First Amendment specialist at the Dhillon Law Group who is representing J.A., told KFMB-TV why the success of the suit is critical: "[J.A.] might have to not only have short-term ramifications; he would have to have this on his student records when he's applying for high schools. But also, potentially, this could come up with colleges with future job applications."

Sweigart wrote on X,"Cheering at a football game is not blackface, and school administrators saying an innocent child committed an act of 'hate violence' with no investigation and no evidence to support the claim is despicable."

"As an attorney, I have been dealing with in an alarming number of situations clients calling me with similar things. And these school districts need to stop. They need to stop throwing innocent children under the bus," added Sweigart.

Late last year, liberal sports blog Deadspin vilified a 9-year-old Native American boy who turned up at a Kansas City Chiefs game with his face painted in the colors of his favorite team, accusing him of racial hatred.

Blaze News reported that following a lawsuit threat from the boy's parents, Deadspin partially amended its reports.

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Washington Football Team bans fans from wearing Native American garb and face paint at its home stadium this season

The Washington Football Team — formerly known as the Washington Redskins until the franchise dropped the name a year ago amid racism outcries and rioting following the death of George Floyd — is banning fans from wearing Native American headdresses and face paint this season at its home stadium, FedEx Field, ESPN reported.

Incidentally, the newly named Cleveland Guardians (former the Indians) of Major League Baseball made the same move earlier this year.

What are the details?

The outlet said the Washington Football Team will hold a Friday practice at FedEx Field, and about 20,000 fans are expected to attend.

ESPN noted that it looks to be the biggest crowd at FedEx Field since the final home game in 2019 — which means it would represent the largest number of people there since the team dropped its former name in July 2020 and indicated "The Washington Football Team" would be its placeholder moniker.

But in March, team President Jason Wright said the organization and its fans have warmed to "The Washington Football Team" name — and that the club is considering making it the permanent name.

Wright also recently announced that Washington would not be choosing the name Warriors as its new moniker, ESPN said, adding that Native American leaders a year ago said "Warriors" would be too close to the team's former name and therefore unacceptable.

Anything else?

The Redskins name had been drawing an increasing degree of protest over the last several years, but amid last summer's rioting and social media mobs rallying to dismantle and cancel just about anything attached to the slightest hint of racism, cultural appropriation, colonialism, or white supremacy — even if the connection was centuries in the past — gave Washington greater motivation to fall in line.

The team made other off-season moves with the same politically correct flavor, such as dropping cheerleaders in favor of a coed dance squad in order to "be more inclusive."

Interestingly, back in 2016 — before the embrace of woke culture and cancel culture became everyday folks' tickets to not getting harassed around the clock — the Washington Post released a poll indicating that a vast majority of Native Americans didn't have a problem with Washington's then-mascot, the Redskins.

Cleveland Indians ban Native American headdresses, face paint at home games

Moving forward, the Cleveland Indians will prohibit fans from wearing Native American-style headdresses and face paint while in attendance at home games. The Major League Baseball club announced the new ballpark policy on Wednesday ahead of the team's home opener against the Detroit Tigers.

Under the new guidelines, fans could be denied entrance or face ejection if they conduct themselves in a "disorderly, unruly, or disruptive" way or should they choose to wear "inappropriate dress." According to the policy, inappropriate dress "includes headdresses and face paint styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions."

"Inappropriate or offensive images, words, dress or face paint must be covered or removed, and failure to do so may constitute grounds for ejection or refusal of admission," the policy continued.

The changes were made as pressure ramps up across the country for organizations to remove all potentially racially insensitive content and messaging from public view.

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Curtis Danburg, vice president of communications and community impact for the Indians, told that the dress policy does not extend to the appearance of Chief Wahoo logo on attire. He added that face paint broadcasting other messages are fine, too.

Chief Wahoo — a caricature of a big-toothed, smiling, red-faced Indian chief — is the club's former logo, which the team moved away from following the 2018 season after it drew scrutiny from some who called it racist and offensive.

Since the logo's removal was so recent, it would be difficult to ban fans from displaying it. The logo appears on nearly all jerseys or other team memorabilia purchased before 2019.

The new dress policy follows the club's announcement last year that it will change names sometime before the start of the 2022 season. The club has heralded the "Indians" name for more than a century.

Cleveland's decision follows similar ones made by teams in other professional sports leagues with Native American monikers.

Last summer, the Washington Football Team, formerly the Washington Redskins, decided to change the name of its franchise following public pressure. Also last summer, the Kansas City Chiefs announced new stadium policies to prevent fans from wearing Native American costumes and face paint, and also banned the use of the popular "Arrowhead Chop."