Kyle Rittenhouse has lashed out at NBA star LeBron James for mocking his tearful testimony during Kenosha’s trial on Twitter last month.
Rittenhouse, 18, who was dramatically acquitted of the murders of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wis. Last year, appeared on the conservative You Are Here podcast Monday, when the hosts began to disparage James.
During the trial, the Lakers player mocked Rittenhouse for collapsing during his testimony. In a Twitter post he wrote: “What tears? I haven’t seen any. Man drops! This boy ate lemon heads before entering the courthouse.
But speaking to podcast co-hosts Sydney Watson and Elijah Schaffer this week, Rittenhouse retaliated by saying, “I was really crazy when he said that because I loved LeBron, and then I’m like, you know. what, fuck you, LeBron. ‘
Watson added, “You have to give the man credit. It took all four of his brain cells to build this tweet.
Kyle Rittenhouse slammed LeBron James on Monday’s episode of You Are Here podcast
The teenager said he was no longer a fan of the NBA star after his tweet about the lawsuit
LeBron James had criticized the Rittenhouse trial and the events leading up to the protests in Kenosha last year, where Rittenhouse killed two men. The teenager was acquitted
Rittenhouse had collapsed at the booth last month as he recalled killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
He was there to assist local businesses against protesters who damaged stores on August 25, 2020.
The protests took place in Kenosha after a white officer was acquitted for shooting Jacob Blake, a black man who remained paralyzed.
James had criticized the state’s decision not to press charges against the white officer who shot Blake, who was shot while holding a knife, calling it a “blow to the heart and guts”, he said. reported the Associated Press.
After Blake’s shooting, James said black Americans lived in fear amid the constant cycle of police shootings and deaths.
Rittenhouse, 18, broke down on the witness stand on Wednesday. He was on trial for the murder of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in Kenosha, Wisconsin
He recalled the moment he was ‘ambushed’ by Rosenbaum the night he shot him and his testimony became moving as he recounted his version of the August 2020 event.
The tweet was the first time the Los Angeles Lakers star had spoken of Rittenhouse’s trial, and it was followed by a slew of other tweets mocking the sobbing teenager.
“This is what the first take of a crying scene can look like. Weeks of anxiety to shed tears and you end up empty, ”Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers wrote on Twitter.
Dominic Patten, an editor of Deadline, wrote: “Bad acting trainer, crocodile tears – but perfect for the judge to give Rittenhouse a severe slap on the wrist and proclaim that justice be served.” Isn’t this America?
Amazon Prime Blood and Treasure co-creator Matthew Federman also compared Rittenhouse’s ‘fake tears’ to those of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, who also cried as he was questioned by Congress on allegations of sexual assault.
“To have confirmation from Kavanaugh to hear flashbacks after seeing clips of Rittenhouse’s performance. Do white guys who self-victimize all go to the same acting trainer? “
Many have joined LeBron James in mocking Rittenhouse after crying during trial
As Rittenhouse joked and conversed with Watson and Schaffer, he also rebuffed their claims that he was a hero, saying he didn’t like this narrative.
“I don’t think I did anything heroic; I just stood up for myself, ”Rittenhouse said, describing the chaos of protests over the past year that resulted in him firing his rifle at several people.
“Well, hindsight being 20/20, it’s probably not the best idea to go out there,” he said. ‘I can’t change that. But I defended myself and that’s what happened.
Rittenhouse said he plans to leave the incident behind and go to Arizona State University in the spring.
The teenager added that he wanted to destroy the gun he used to kill the two men rather than sell it after Watson suggested he could make a lot of money from it.
“We just had it destroyed,” Rittenhouse reiterated. “I think that’s the best thing, and that’s what I want to do with it. ”
Rittenhouse said he was only defending himself and dismissed calls that he was a hero
The teenager said he planned to destroy the gun he used to kill the two protesters