Lawyers defending Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann released an extended version of the clips circulating the internet in recent weeks. A video titled, “Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 Minutes” was posted on Youtube Friday by Sandmann’s attorney Todd McMurtry of Fort Mitchell and L. Lin Wood of Atlanta.
Legal Team For Sandmann Prepares For Lawsuit
The legal team also sent letters to 54 entities including,
The Washington Post
The New York Times
Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
National Public Radio
Atlantic Media Inc.
Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
Diocese of Covington
Diocese of Lexington
Archdiocese of Louisville
Diocese of Baltimore
Elliot C. McLaughlin
Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Michael E. Miller
Emily S. Rueb
Eun Kyung Kim
Sandmann’s lawyers also sent a letter requesting that these entities not destroy any records or information related to the case.
Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 Minutes
A mob rushed to judgment to wrongfully condemn, threaten & vilify Nick Sandmann based solely on an out-of-context video clip. It only takes 15 minutes to learn the truth. Here it is. https://t.co/QGglyZwiIa
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) February 2, 2019
What Really Happened
A video shows a standoff between a group of “Hebrew Israelites” and Covington Catholic High School Students, some wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. The Hebrew Israelites were pummeling racial slurs at the students, even warning one black student, “When you get old enough, they’re gonna steal your organs.” The students drowned out the noise with school spirit cheers. Nick Sandmann, a Covington student, was approached by a participant of a nearby indigenous peoples march Nathan Phillips. Phillips beat his drum right in Sandmann’s face.
Further, in interviews following the incident, Phillips called the situation ‘dangerous’ because he believed the students were growing into a mob that blocked him in. The new video reveals a different story. It appears that Phillips looked for a way to provoke the students into creating that mob. Sandmann stood quietly and encouraged others to show respect to the group.
However, members of the media and Hollywood quickly jumped to conclusions about the situation. Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a photo of Covington students holding up a three-pointer sign during a basketball game tweeting, “Covington’s finest throwing up the new nazi sign”. Griffin later deleted the tweet.
Three pointers are racist!!! (screenshot) pic.twitter.com/nRs773vLFk
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 22, 2019
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.
Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 20, 2019
In an attempt to clear the air, Sandmann sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. Sandmann told Guthrie, “People have judged me based off one expression, I see it as a smile saying that you won’t get any further reaction of aggression.”