Ex-NFL star sees partying teens trash his home on Twitter
Former NFL player 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 winnings.
Between 200 and 400 teenagers had broken into his rural holiday home during a Labor Day weekend and spread the word of a 'party' on social media.
The former offensive lineman said the youths 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 is using the teens' own posts to reveal their identities.
Holloway said his 19-year-old son alerted him to the party after receiving tweets about it on the night of August 31.
The former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders in the 1980s was at his home in Lutz, Florida, at the time and watched as more tweets about the party were posted.
Many of them were 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 the 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 on Wednesday that a "very large investigation" into the party was underway.
No arrests have been reported.
Several teens who were not at the party but heard about the damage showed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 large trash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway said.
The father of eight said he used Twitter postings to compile 200 names of teens he claimed were at the party.
He has been posting them on the website, helpmesave300.com in an effort to get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behaviour