A new lawsuit claims bullies 'abused' a teen Chick-fil-A employee after an NFL player allegedly mocked him on Snapchat

  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player Sean Davis is facing a lawsuit over a Snapchat video he posted while waiting on his food at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru.
  • "Chick-fil-A got little kids," Davis says in the video, which shows a teen employee of the fast-food chain. "This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A."
  • The lawsuit claims the teen was bullied at school as a result of the video and accuses Davis of libel, cyberbullying, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.


The family of a teenage Chick-fil-A employee has filed a lawsuit against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive player Sean Davis which claims he mocked the boy in a Snapchat video.

"Chick-fil-A got little kids," Davis says in the video, which shows the teen working at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. "This kid like eight years old. No wonder the lines be so long at Chick-fil-A."

The lawsuit, which was filed by the teenage boy's family, claims he was later bullied at school over the video, and has since suffered from headaches, depression, sleeplessness and anxiety, thePittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"He got abused in school for a few weeks over it," the family's attorney, Andrew Leger, told the Post-Gazette.

The lawsuit accuses Davis of libel, cyberbullying, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25: Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rests on the bench during the second half against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 25, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Sean Davis (28) is announced during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 31, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 10: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Sean Davis (28) makes an interception during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 10, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 10: Chris Moore #10 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch for a 30 yard touchdown reception while being defended by Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter during the game at Heinz Field on December 10, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 23-20. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 08: Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) looks on during the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 8, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/ Icon Sportswire)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) and inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) react after a play during an NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 22, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 26: Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) celebrates his interception during the NFL preseason football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts on August 26, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Sean Davis #28 and Joe Haden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sit on the bench prior to the start of the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 26: Ken Crawley #46 of the New Orleans Saints poses after a preseason game with Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Steelers defeated the Saints 27-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18: Safety Sean Davis #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a National Football League preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field on August 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Steelers 17-0. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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An attorney for Davis, 24, said the football player's remarks in the video were directed at Chick-fil-A, and not the boy.

"From our perspective, it was a commentary on a billion-dollar corporation," Randy Fisher, general counsel for MBK Sports Management Group, told the Post-Gazette. "It had nothing in particular to do with this young man."

In a news release addressing the lawsuit, MBK Sports Management CEO Eugene Lee called the claims in the lawsuit "baseless" and "frivolous."

"We remain confident that when the truth is revealed, Mr. Davis will be exonerated completely from these frivolous allegations," Lee said.

The boy's family tried to settle the issue outside of court by asking Davis to speak out against cyber bullying in a public service announcement, but Davis declined, according to the Post-Gazette.

Instead, Davis' legal team invited the boy to attend Steelers training camp over the summer, as well as Davis' football camp in Washington, DC.

The boy's family declined the offer.

"The parties for several months have actively negotiated to resolve the matter without litigation, to no avail," MBK Sports Management said.

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