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‘I Am an Idiot’: Sports Journalist Apologizes After Falling For Smear of Young Chiefs Fan

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A young Kansas City Chiefs fan, Holden Armenta, was falsely accused of wearing blackface and a Native American headdress in a misleading picture that went viral.

The boy’s mother clarified that he is part Native American, and the other side of his face was painted red.

A sports journalist apologized for contributing to the smear campaign, but others, including the writer of a scathing piece on Deadspin, did not apologize. (Trending: Greta Thunberg Caught on Video Going Full Anti-Semite)

“I messed up,” said Barstool Sports’ Jack McGuire.

“Behind me is a Chiefs fan,” he said in TikTok video..

“On Sunday, I took this photo and said that he was wearing blackface and a headdress,” McGuire added.

“What I did not do is let more things come out about that photo.”

“The other side of his face was red” and “as for the headdress, it has come out that he is Native American.”

“His grandfather is part of the Chumash tribe … I have since taken down this TikTok,” he went on.

“And the apology should be as loud as the accusation,” McGuire pressed.

“So here is my TikTok saying I am sorry and also I am an idiot.”

The Deadspin journalist’s article was part of a narrative on race that was factually incorrect.

“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,” journalist Carron Phillips stated.

“The answers to all of those questions lead back to the NFL. While it isn’t the league’s responsibility to stop racism and hate from being taught in the home, they are a league that has relentlessly participated in prejudice” Phillips wrote.

“There’s no place for a franchise to be called the ‘Chiefs’ in a league that’s already eradicated ‘Redskins.’”

Notably, the Kansas City Chiefs franchise is actually named after a politician, not a Native American reference.

The incident highlights the media’s often blatant disregard for facts in favor of their desired narrative.

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