Covington Teen Nick Sandmann Lawyers Up for Potential Defamation Suits

‘They know they crossed the line…’

'They Know They Crossed the Line': Covington High Schooler's Lawyers Send Letters that Could Precede Lawsuits to Media, Celebrities

Nick Sandmann and Nathan Phillips / IMAGE: Inside Edition via Youtube

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Lawyers representing Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann have sent letters to several news outlets, individual journalists and celebrities to signal potential lawsuits for defamation.

“They know they crossed the line,” said Todd McMurtry, one of Sandmann’s lawyers. “Do they want 12 people in Kentucky to decide their fate? I don’t think so.”

Sandmann was caught in a firestorm of criticism after a viral video showed him in a confrontation with Native American protestor Nathan Phillips at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The mainstream media ran with the shortened video, claiming Sandmann—who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat—approached and confronted Phillips. When the full video emerged, it became clear that it was Phillips, not Sandmann, who instigated the interaction.


“There was a rush by the media to believe what it wanted to believe versus what actually happened,” McMurtry told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sandmann’s lawyers released a list of 50-plus names who could face lawsuits, including actress Alyssa Milano, who compared Sandmann’s hat to the Ku Klux Klan’s hoods; 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman; outlets like CNN, GQ and TMZ; and the Catholic dioceses of Covington, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky, which rushed to condemn Sandmann.

Comedians Jim Carrey, Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher also make the list, along with prominent television “journalists” and commentators Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie, Joy Reid and Chuck Todd; and freshman U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

The Cincinnati Enquirer included the full list in its article.

McMurtry said the high school boy and his family will seek justice for the harm done, which “permanently stained [Sandmann’s] reputation.”

The main goal in pursuing the damages was to deter similar feeding frenzies from becoming the norm. “We want to change the conversation,” McMurtry said. “We don’t want this to happen again. We want to teach people a lesson.”

During the Trump presidency, the Left’s mainstream has become increasingly more deranged, radicalized and violent, casting off the conventions of civility in favor of a lynch-mob mentality perpetuated by social media and the “echo chamber” of biased partisan news coverage.

“For the mob to just go tear apart a 16-year-old boy is inexcusable,” McMurtry said.