The Discovery Channel took no time at all to cancel the reality TV series "Sons of Guns" and to sever ties with Will Hayden in every way possible. The gun shop made famous by the series, Red Jacket Firearms, has legally severed all ties with Hayden as well. Effectively, Will Hayden's career is over. On Friday, the Guardian Liberty Voice challenged the media attack on Will Hayden, arguing that he's just been arrested and not convicted of the horrendous crimes that have many trying to dissociate with the reality TV star.
Hayden was initially arrested on August 9 and charged with molestation and crimes against nature charges. He was then able to post $150,000 bail and was let out. Will Hayden maintained his claim of innocence and the Red Jacket Firearms Company released a statement on his behalf. It said, "We acknowledge that allegations of child abuse were made against Mr. Will Hayden. This was reported by someone intent on smearing his reputation."
On Tuesday, August 26, Will Hayden was arrested again in connection with the same crimes. This time the Baton Rouge Police Department issued a warrant and arrested Hayden on charges of child rape after learning more details of the case. He was found in Livingston Parish and is still being held on $250,000 bail.
According to reports, the victim accused Hayden of raping her almost daily since March 2013. The girl allegedly told police that Will Hayden took her virginity when she was just 11 years old.
Like some have argued, these are all charges and Hayden has not been convicted of anything. So why are all his business partners running for the hills and is it fair? In terms of media, the Discovery Channel has a reputation to uphold. It makes sense that they immediately cancelled "Sons of Guns" in order to maintain their positive image. The Red Jacket Firearms store that Will Hayden founded and ran also legally separated themselves from him even after releasing a statement on his behalf.
Companies have every right to do that too, even in a country where "innocent until proven guilty" is the law of the land. Why is that so? The innocent until proven guilty credo only pertains to the court system. There are no guarantees of employment, especially for someone who works in the entertainment industry and is under public scrutiny. Both the Discovery Channel and the Red Jacket Firearms gun store are fully within their rights to separate themselves from someone who is facing a media firestorm whether he has been convicted or not.