The far-left media outlet Deadspin tried to smear a five-year-old Chiefs fan for wearing facepaint and a Native American feathered headdress at a Kansas City Chiefs game — but the little boy’s mother is speaking out about the attack.
Earlier this week, a deceptive photo of five-year-old Holden Armenta went viral on social media — with leftist activists trying to smear the boy and his family, as well as the entire NFL, as racist because it appeared that a “White” child was “mocking” Native Americans by wearing a feathered headdress while also supposedly wearing “black face.” It was later revealed that those who were attacking the child had purposely chosen a photo that only showed half of his face, as the other half was painted red — the Chief’s team colors are black and red.
Why is @Deadspin @carronJphillips trying to ruin this little kid’s life? They’re accusing him of blackface but conveniently left out his full face which was painted for the game https://t.co/kFfgAL4aDH pic.twitter.com/750u5sfETE
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) November 28, 2023
Deadspin reporter Carron Phillips penned a racist screed against the child and the entire sports league titled “The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress” — which the outlet has still refused to correct or take down even after being called out for their false claims.
In the article, Phillips accused the child of “doubling up on the racism” by wearing “black face” and a Native American headdress, writing: “It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once.”
“This is what happens when you ban books, stand against Critical Race Theory, and try to erase centuries of hate,” he ranted. “You give future generations the ammunition they need to evolve and recreate racism better than before.”
The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress https://t.co/9eGBsA8nca
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 27, 2023
Phillips was slammed on social media for attacking a child, but he refused to apologize — even after people pointed out that Armenta was wearing the team’s colors, not “black face.”
His article even received a Community Note on X, formerly known as Twitter, which stated: “The picture on the article is misleading. Other pictures of the child in question show that the other half of his face is painted red, black and red being the team’s colors.”
Despite the fact-check, Phillips actually doubled down on his attack, writing in a since-deleted reply on X: “For the idiots in my mentions who are treating this as some harmless act because the other side of his face was painted red, I could make the argument that it makes it even worse. Y’all are the ones who hate Mexicans but wear sombreros on Cinco.”
Now, the boy’s mother is speaking out and revealing even more information that refutes Phillips’ lies: the boy is actually Native American.
Shannon Armenta expressed outrage about the attacks on her son in a post on Facebook.
“This has nothing to do with the NFL,” she wrote, adding: “Also, CBS showed him multiple times, and this is the photo people chose to blast to create division [referring to the profile view photo of her son]. He is Native American – just stop already.”
Unlike those who claim a vague feeling that their “great great grandma was a Cherokee,” Armenta explained that her family actually has Native American heritage.
Her son’s grandfather, Raul Armenta, has an official position within the Chumash Tribe in Santa Ynez, California. He currently sits on the board of the tribe, listed as a “business committee member,” and was first election to the position in 2016. A person cannot be elected to a tribal position without provable Native American heritage.
Bro his grandfather is literally a "BUSINESS COMMITTEE MEMBER" of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians https://t.co/POXavxBr33
— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) November 29, 2023