What would you do if a bunch of kids—and by "bunch of," we mean roughly 300 or so—snuck into your house when you weren't home, threw a wild Project X-style party, put up photos of it on Twitter, and then left after causing $20,000 worth of damage? You would probably be pretty pissed, right?
Well, that's exactly what happened to former NFL player Brian Holloway recently. While Holloway and his family were down in Florida over Labor Day weekend earlier this month, more than 300 teenagers broke into his $1.5 million home in Stephentown, N.Y. and destroyed the place. They drank a ton of beer and liquor, they threw graffiti up all over the place, and they caused about $20K worth of damage by the time they were done. They documented it all on Twitter, too, and left one hell of a mess for Holloway—a former offensive lineman for the Raiders and Patriots—to clean up.
So after having all of that done to him, we wouldn't have blamed Holloway one bit for flipping out and pressing charges against every single kid who was at the party that night. But when he returned home and found his house destroyed, he actually didn't get mad. Instead, he tried to help the kids. He went on Twitter and found tons and tons of photos from the party (we've posted a bunch of them in the thumbs gallery above), created the website HelpMeSave300.com, and attempted to start a campaign to help all 300 kids learn more about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. All things considered, that was pretty nice of him, right?
Right. But a lot of the kids' parents don't see it that way. So in a really weird twist to this story, some of the parents of the kids who were at the party are now threatening legal action against Holloway because of the HelpMeSave300 site. They're upset because Holloway put pictures that their kids took and posted on Twitter up on his site.
"Parents have threatened me," he said yesterday. "Your kids are in my house breaking and stealing my stuff and you are mad at me because I posted pictures that they took and posted themselves of them partying and tearing things up?"
Yeah, it doesn't make much sense to us, either. We commend Holloway for trying to take the approach that he did. But it might be time for him to start pressing charges. Maybe that will teach the kids who snuck into his house—and, more importantly, their parents—a lesson.
[via Daily Mail]