LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KAKE) — A writer for the sports website Deadspin is coming under fire for accusing a young Kansas City Chiefs fan and his family of being racist after attending Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

An ABC affiliate in Albany reports that after painting his face black and red and wearing a native headdress to a Chiefs football game on Sunday, the young boy is being accused by some of being racist against Black and Native Americans. 

After seeing the boy's regalia on national television, sports writer Carron Phillips with Deadspin wrote an article entitled "The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress," saying the boy was being disrespectful to both Black and Native Americans.

"This is what happens when you ban books, stand against Critical Race Theory, and try to erase centuries of hate," Phillips wrote. "You give future generations the ammunition they need to evolve and recreate racism better than before."

However, the boy's mom, Shannon Armenta, took to social media to defend her son, saying the boy is Native American and so is his grandfather, ABC News 10 reports, and that all of the racism accusations need to be stopped. 

"This has nothing to do with the NFL," Armenta wrote on Facebook. "He is Native American - just stop already."

A.J. Perez, senior reporter for Front Office Sports, posted on X that the Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Kenneth Kahn released a statement to FOS condemning the decisions made by the young fan and his family.

“We are aware that a young member of our community attended a Kansas City Chiefs game in a headdress and face paint in his way of supporting his favorite team. Please keep in mind that the decisions made by individuals or families in our community are their own and may not reflect the views of the broader tribal community. As a federally recognized tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians does not endorse wearing regalia as part of a costume or participating in any other type of cultural appropriation.” — Kenneth Kahn, Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

 

Perez further reported that the grandfather and father of the fan were reportedly affiliated with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. 

In addition to Phillips' claims of racism against Native peoples, he alleges that the boy also participated in Black Face by painting his face half black and half red - team colors of the Kansas City Chiefs, along with gold and white. The photo used in the Deadspin article, as shown above, showed half of the boy's face, the side painted black. 

Phillips also places the blame on the National Football League itself.

"If the NFL had outlawed the chop at Chiefs games and been more aggressive in changing the team’s name, then we wouldn’t be here,” he wrote. “While it isn’t the league’s responsibility to stop racism and hate from being taught in the home, they are a league that has relentlessly participated in prejudice.”