Covington Catholic High School alum Nick Sandmann and his parents were apoplectic about the coverage he and his friends received for smirking in a Native American military veteran’s face, swinging their arms in tomahawk chops and mocking him. Sandmann claimed that shining a spotlight on him, putting his name and his face in the media, and making him a focus was damaging and not something he wanted.
So he chased attention and money by trying to sue every media outlet that ran coverage of him on that day, showing videos of he and his little friends’ snarky behavior, and got shut down before he grabbed all the millions he wanted.
Former Covington Catholic Student Nick Sandmann Loses Defamation Lawsuits Against CBS, ABC, NYT, and Othershttps://t.co/kSNJwCsPP7
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) July 27, 2022
On Tuesday, Judge William O. Bertlesmann denied Sandmann’s claims of “falsity” in reporting by the news outlets and ruled in favor of the media. Because “there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact,” a summary judgment was granted.
According to the court documents:
‘The Court held that none of the statements were actionable for various reasons: some were not “about” Sandmann; some were statements of opinion; and/or some were not subject to a defamatory meaning.’
Although Sandmann claimed to be the victim of the day, the Native American man marching that day for indigenous people’s rights disagrees. He told the court that:
‘It was very much my experience that Mr. Sandmann was blocking me from exiting the situation. It was very much my experience that he intentionally stood in my way in order to stop me from moving forward…I felt surrounded in that space, and I believed Mr. Sandmann did not want to let me pass. It seemed to me that Mr. Sandmann felt that he needed to stand there and block my way.’
Twitter was not at all upset for Sandmann at learning he lost his lawsuits. Read some of their comments below: