Ex-NFL player: Charge teens who trashed my New York home
ALBANY, N.Y. - The former NFL offensive lineman whose second home in upstate New York was trashed by partying teenagers is now pursuing charges.
Brian Holloway said Thursday he signed papers that authorize the sheriff to bring charges in the Labor Day weekend party attended by more than 300 teenagers.
Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. That estimate does not include personal items that were stolen. One item that was taken, the headstone for his grandson who died at birth, was returned.
The former New England Patriot gained national attention by reposting pictures the teens had put up on social media sites. He said he did it in an effort to get them to take responsibility, but that only four did.
The website Holloway created is called helpmesave300.com.
On the website Holloway wrote, "I hope I can get everything fixed; and do hope these students would do that right thing and return what was taken."
Holloway wrote on his website to the parents of the "300," that "we must teach our kids to be accountable." Holloway then invited the "300" to help him clean the place for a picnic he was hosting for military personnel and only one teenager showed up.
There are reports that some of the parents are threatening to sue Holloway for posting pictures of their children on the internet. Holloway responded on his website that if the parents do that, they should be prepared for a media firestorm.
"If you would like to pursue a LAW SUIT; that's entirely up to you," Holloway wrote. "Here's a heads you may want to consider; that will TRIGGER the biggest FIRESTORM of media that will invade every area of your life." (sic)
Yvonne Keefe, spokeswoman for the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, confirmed that a "very large investigation" into the party was underway. Police believe 200 to 400 young people were at the party.
"It's not hard to identify who they were. We've got 170 tweets. We have 200 to 220 names already confirmed today. I'm going to go online right now — I guarantee I'll have 10 more names of people who are sharing who was there, what they did. And that data is all going to the sheriffs," Holloway told ABC News.
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