Grantland's Jay Kang traveled to Stephentown, N.Y., to talk to Brian Holloway, the former all-pro NFL lineman who recently set off a bit of a media shitstorm after a bunch of teenagers threw a party in his abandoned and foreclosed home. Kang's piece attempts to answer the question that has hung over Holloway's saga for weeks now: Is he just a noble victim of dirty no-good teens, or is he a shady opportunist with a severely cock-eyed view of both himself and the world around him? The answer is that he is both, but he's a whole lot more of the second than he is the first.
A quick refresher: In September, some teens threw a rager at Holloway's home in Stephentown, after which Holloway collected images from the party that attendees had posted on various social media sites and displayed them on a website called HelpMeSaveThe300.com. The ostensible purpose of the site was to shame the "300" kids who trashed his house, invite them to come back and help repair the damage that they'd caused, and raise money for the repairs that the house needed. Lessons were to be learned, what was broken was to be fixed, and the story could have ended there.