When Corbin DeWitt heard the news that Lillibridge was headed for Boston, he broke down in tears –something his father caught on camera. Now that the video has gone viral, some are criticizing DeWitt’s parents and accusing them of exploiting their son.
Jason and Jennifer DeWitt explained their reasoning for taping their son’s reaction to the Chicago Tribune and fought back against those criticizing them.
“I wasn’t trying to garner the attention of all these haters out there,” the father told the Chicago Tribune. “Really, what I was trying to do was somehow get it to Brent, to show Brent, you know, you’ve got a big fan out there. There’s times I know he’s probably got down on himself for the way his performance has been this year, but I’ve always seen him be positive, and I wanted him to catch a note from a fan saying ‘we’re going to miss you.'”
Jason also made it clear that recording his son’s tears was a one-time thing and that he wasn’t trying to capitalize on his son’s sadness.
“I’m not in the habit of recording my kid crying,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “That’s cruel.”
The video has been set to private on YouTube, suggesting that the DeWitts may have reconsidered their decision to put their son on display. However, a copy of the video is still viewable on the Tribune’s website.