Social media users ripped NBA star LeBron James after he mocked Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen on trial for multiple murders in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020 during rioting in the city.
“What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court,” James noted derisively on Twitter in a post that included a clip of the 18-year-old beginning to cry uncontrollably as he attempted to recount the Aug. 25, 2020 shootings that left two men dead and a third man wounded.
What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court. 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/LKwYssIUmD
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 11, 2021
Fox News notes:
Critics lambasted James on social media, with some referring to him as a “coward,” and others suggesting he didn’t have the credibility to chime in on Rittenhouse’s emotions considering he was “known as the king of faking injuries, flopping, and crying to refs.” James is an outspoken progressive on domestic political issues.
You like picking on the powerless a teenager while turning a blind eye to true evil like your Chinese CCP masters that have 2 million Muslims in concentration camps making your sneakers.
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) November 11, 2021
Hey King, any support for your fellow NBA player @EnesKanter speaking out against the mass extermination of ethnic Muslims in China? You fucking coward.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 11, 2021
No one knows how to fake something better than you🤷🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/XHLzaTX00d
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) November 11, 2021
Did you ever find those people who vandalized your gate, which was on camera, but you never posted the video for some reason?
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 11, 2021
If he’s faking it, we better call Juwan Howard. pic.twitter.com/j5ZuKTwYSo
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) November 11, 2021
You’re a coward.
Oh, and would you be saying this if he weren’t white? Or if he held the same political views as you did? https://t.co/CBJT3gOf8z
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 11, 2021
LeBron James appears to be mocking people dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in this post. Why? Is this a joke to you? Not a good look!
— Aaron J. Carpenter🇺🇸 (@aaronjcarpenter) November 11, 2021
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 11, 2021
You’re literally known as the king of faking injuries, flopping, and crying to refs.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) November 11, 2021
You colossal prick. https://t.co/P9S9roU0fg
— Ian Haworth (@ighaworth) November 11, 2021
There’s only one American “King,” and he’s buried in Memphis. https://t.co/8JFp961dsF
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 11, 2021
“As it became apparent that Rittenhouse could not continue his testimony, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the case, called a short recess so the teen could compose himself,” Conservative Brief added.
“Later in the day, Schroeder took a prosecutor to task for repeated violations of protocol and pre-trial orders,” the outlet noted further, going on to describe the encounters.
After he instructed the jury to go to the library at one point, the judge tore into Binger, accusing him of committing a “grave constitutional violation” after discussing Rittenhouse’s right to remain silent.
“You’re right on the borderline. You may be over. But it better stop,” Schroeder warned.
The judge then ordered the jury to leave the courtroom for a second time during cross-examination after the prosecutor asked the teen about an Aug. 10 incident that had been excluded under a pre-trial order.
“Why would you think that made it okay for you to bring this matter before the jury?” Schroeder hollered at Binger.
“I was astonished when you began his examination by commenting on the defendant’s post-arrest silence. That’s basic law. It’s been basic law in this country for 40 years, 50 years. I have no idea why you would do something like that,” he added. “I don’t know what you’re up to.”