TheComeback- Back in December, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis posted a video to Snapchat poking fun at a young-looking Chick-fil-A employee. Now, he probably wishes he hadn’t.
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a family in Wexford, Pennsylvania has sued Davis for libel, cyberbullying, intentional infliction of emotional distress and slander, claiming their son was subjected to bullying after appearing in Davis’ video.
Via the Post-Gazette:
In the video and audio recording, posted to Mr. Davis’ Snapchat social media account, Mr. Davis said “Chick-fil-A got little kids. This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A.”
The complaint described the teen as “very small for his age, regarding his small stature and youthful appearance.”
The video also “incorporated an emoji of a face laughing until tears were flowing out of its eyes, representing how funny looking he thought minor-plaintiff was,” the complaint continued.
The lawsuit reportedly claims that the teenager suffered headaches, depression and anxiety from the teasing he endured after the video was posted.
Davis’ defense against the suit is that, as his lawyer told the Post-Gazette, the video was a “commentary on a billion-dollar corporation” that “had nothing in particular to do with this young man.”
I have a hard time believing that soooo many teenagers follow the Pittsburgh Steelers' second-year safety that one of his SnapChats was the catalyst behind an emotional distress-inducing amount of bullying at one particular school. Unfortunately, I have a much harder time defending a professional athlete for filming a fast food employee in a condescending way. So while I'd be willing to bet this is an unbelievably frivolous lawsuit, I certainly wouldn't be willing to promise you I wouldn't be trying to grab some money from someone who stuck a goddamn camera in my face while I was checking on the state of their chicken sandwich.
Sean Davis is most certainly not a criminal, but - if this story is accurate - he is kind of dickhead. So, as far as I am concerned, it was either spit in his food or try to hit him where it hurts. Considering the person responsible for this mess doesn't think his target was qualified to wrangle Polynesian sauce, he should be happy that "little kid" is trying to undeservedly earn his way out of having to work as a soda servant. You want service from a grown man who is both able-bodied and easily incentivized enough to fetch your fucking french fries in a more timely manner? Either put your goddamn money where your mouth, or realize you have more of it than most and shut the hell up while you get what you paid for.
There's plenty of ways to do "commentary on a billion-dollar corporation" without mocking the poor son of a bitch whose making minimum wage to fulfill a dozen crappy responsibilities that don't include a guest appearance on the social media of a public figure while he's at his lowest moment as a human. Therefore, I'm all about this kid and his family taking advantage of a mild inconvenience and being both overly litigious and ludicrously greedy. If only to prove there actually was an "...or else" attached when their son gave that "please stop" stare to a pro athlete who felt empowered by picking on a fast food worker.