isn't saying that he held Philips "captive" overstating things a bit?
Not at all. He literally had no where to go without physically pushing his way through the kids. Look at the video again if it helps. He literally had no free space to move in any direction.
does that justify the comments made about him
By the public? Because. The video went viral before any media outlet started reporting on it. His fate was decided the minute he decided his right to stand his ground superseded Nathan's right to pass by.
are those his only actions in your mind (not moving, smirking and feeling superior) that justified "what he got?"
Welcome to reality. Many millions of people saw what we saw and saw it the way I'm explaining it to you.
Public opinion only started to change when hours of footage were released showing the boys getting heckled by some black folks.
Public opinion shifted more when a PR firm went fully on the attack against Nathan. Questioning his entire existence because somehow something in Nathan's past excused SumgBoy's behavior.
whether those statements were justified.
I guess it depends who you ask. The people who saw the incident.
Or the people who felt SmugBoy was the victim of scary black people.
Because in every version of this scenario, Nathan did nothing wrong. He's guilty of walking towards a group of students. Who rushed him as he approached.