In one of the strangest stories of the young NFL offseason, a Pittsburgh-area family has sued Steelers defensive back Sean Davis over a video he posted to Snapchat while at a drive-thru of a local Chick-fil-A restaurant.
The suit claims that Davis, a former second-round pick of the Steelers, mocked a teenager that was working at the restaurant. It says that he was later bullied in school as a result of the video going viral.
“Chick-fil-A got little kids,” Davis said in the Snapchat video. “This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A.”
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the lawsuit claims libel, cyberbullying, intentional infliction of emotional distress and slander. It also says the video “incorporated an emoji of a face laughing until tears were flowing out of its eyes, representing how funny looking he thought the minor-plaintiff was.”
Though, Davis’ reps are denying that his actions were meant to hurt the child.
“From our perspective, it was a commentary on a billion-dollar corporation,” Randy Fisher, general counsel for MBK Sports Management Group, said. “It had nothing in particular to do with this young man. What they’re alleging goes completely against everything Sean stands for and how he lives his life.”
The family had asked Davis to do a public service announcement decrying cyberbullying. The Maryland product declined, indicating that his actions can’t be defined as cyberbullying.
He did, however, offer the child and two friends to attend a Steelers training camp practice. In addition to this, the teen received an invite to take part in Davis’ youth football camp in D.C. Both offers were rejected.