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Ex-NFL player's New York home trashed by partying teens

By Chris Carola

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:59 p.m. HST, Sep 18, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. » Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax.

Then he saw pictures of teens standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl bonus.

Holloway's rural vacation home was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by an estimated 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. He saw the whole thing unfold live on Twitter — and now he's using the teens' own posts to reveal their identities and to try to set them on a better path.

Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s, said his 19-year-old son, a University of Southern Florida sophomore, alerted him to the party after receiving tweets about it the night of Aug. 31.

Holloway was at his home in Lutz, Fla., at the time and watched as more tweets about the party were posted, many of them accompanied by photos of young people drinking throughout his home in Stephentown, on the Massachusetts border 25 miles southeast of Albany.

"We were getting eyewitness reports of what was happening while it was happening. We couldn't believe what was going down," Holloway told The Associated Press.

Before he could call police, more tweets reported that officers had arrived, Holloway said. The partygoers scattered across his 200-acre property, which includes the main house and a guest house set amid rolling countryside in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains.

Yvonne Keefe, spokeswoman for the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, confirmed today that a "very large investigation" into the party was underway. Police believe 200 to 400 young people were at the party, but investigators aren't commenting on the role social media is playing in the probe, she said.

No arrests have been reported.

Word of the party had spread via social media, and it attracted students at high schools from the Albany area and western Massachusetts, Holloway said. Holloway, who's now a motivational speaker, said he gave anti-drug and alcohol talks at some of those same schools during his playing days, which included an appearance in Super Bowl XX, when the Patriots lost to the Chicago Bears.

Holloway said the partiers broke about 10 windows and glass doors, punched dozens of holes in the walls, dragged kegs of beer across oak floors and left behind an "enormous amount" of graffiti. He put the total damage at more than $20,000, not including personal items that were stolen.

Several teens who weren't at the party but heard about it showed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 large trash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway said, adding that drug paraphernalia was also found scattered about his property.

Holloway, a father of eight, said he used Twitter postings to compile 200 names of teens he said were at the party. He has been posting them on a website he created, www.helpmesave300.com, in an effort to get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior.

"Any kids where this makes sense to go to a party like this and be a part of that, this kid's in trouble," he said.

The superintendent for a district where Holloway said some of the partiers go to school said one student had been confirmed as having been at the party. Averill Park Superintendent James Hoffman said the underage drinking party is a police matter but will be used to educate other students about personal behavior.

"It will be brought up in freshman seminar classes about kids making choices," Hoffman said. "It's definitely a topic that'll come up in places like that."

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allie wrote:
yikes..kids today can be so dreadful. Lousy parenting and schools hurt
on September 18,2013 | 10:04AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Here is our future. Aren't we glad that we won't be around to watch the carnage?
on September 18,2013 | 10:13AM
cojef wrote:
Yes, and in that era they will be demonstrating in the streets demanding that the largess they are recieving are not enough for them to party. They will vandalize the shops and stores just like in Greece recently.
on September 18,2013 | 01:35PM
false wrote:
It is so pitiful that some kid have absolutely no respect for anyone or anything nowadays. It all begins with parenting or lack thereof.
on September 18,2013 | 10:29AM
stingray65 wrote:
No one give them some guidance until they shoot! Then the parents are crying in front of reporters that her or his kids was a good boy and girls...Those kind of kids we do not want in our street!
on September 18,2013 | 03:13PM
mamacita808 wrote:
I don't get it. What makes people think it's ok to do things like this? If it was my kid involved in any thing like that, I would give her cracks!
on September 18,2013 | 10:49AM
HOSSANA wrote:
It would be a travesty if no one is prosecuted for criminal property damage and sentenced to jail time...given them probation is nothing but a damm joke...these punks needs serious consequences...nothing more and nothing less.
on September 18,2013 | 11:04AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The beauty of all this is that these lolo posted all the evidence against themselves for all the world to see.
on September 18,2013 | 11:14AM
Snator wrote:
One of the local papers in that area wrote that some parents of the accused teens are angered that he's reposted the teen's twitter pictures and posts they put up while at the party. HAH! Good work Mr. Holloway!
on September 18,2013 | 11:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Post the parent's address and let's go trash their place too.
on September 18,2013 | 12:35PM
PTF wrote:
That's sad. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Holloway in the 80s when he came to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. One year when Brian was here in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl I took a photo of him and his son at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The next year when Brian returned for the Pro Bowl, I had Brian to autograph the photo. He asked if he could have the photo. I told him sure and he told me I'll trade you. He gave me an apron and signed it. Brian had just returned from a Pro Bowl celebrity charity function as a waiter and gave me the apron he was wearing at the charity function. That moment was priceless.
on September 18,2013 | 01:04PM
Tony96822 wrote:
One thing missing from this story. Did he let someone use his property or did they "break and enter". That's a police matter at that point. Article says nothing in it about how they got into the premises.
on September 18,2013 | 01:49PM
lopati15 wrote:
thats what i was looking for in the article.
on September 18,2013 | 06:17PM
Snator wrote:
they broke in... kicked the door open according to other news sources, apparently more diligent than the SA.
on September 19,2013 | 06:33AM
stingray65 wrote:
No disciplane and no morale.. Very poor of parenting guidance.. That is the main problem of our society now!!
on September 18,2013 | 03:10PM
BigOpu wrote:
Hmmm...interesting angle on asking for donations to save kids. How are the kids going to be saved with the donations. Is the money really to fund the $20,000 damage. Sad story and I feel bad for his experience. Property insurance covers vandalism I believe.
on September 18,2013 | 09:36PM
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