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Coverage of a Fan’s Chiefs Getup Sparks Outrage. Legal Fallout? Not So Fast.

Dec 2, 2023

The outrage over Deadspin’s coverage of a young fan in face paint and a Native American headdress at Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs-Las Vegas Raiders game has fueled chatter of a potential defamation lawsuit.

On Monday, Deadspin published a story about the 9-year-old fan, who was captured on CBS from Allegiant Stadium. The article referred in the headline to a young fan in makeup—half of his face painted black, the other half red — as “Black face” and used the moment as a jumping-off point for a discussion about race and the use of Native American imagery in sports.

After the story ran, more pictures of the young fan showed that only half his face was painted black with the other red, one of the Chiefs’ primary colors. That led to outrage on social media and condemnation of Deadspin for not showing the full extent of the face paint.

Source: Front Office Sports

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