Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of felony homicide by a Kenosha, Wisconsin jury in November 2021 after a two-week trial. During his testimony, the teenager appeared to break down in tears, which was captured on video and uploaded to social media.
A Nov. 10, 2021 USA Today article with a clip of the visibly distraught Rittenhouse was seen by almost 6 million people. NBA superstar LeBron James re-tweeted the video with a caption that cast doubt on Rittenhouse’s remorse.
“What tears?????” James asked. “I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court.”
Rittenhouse broke down in tears again at the end of the trial, nearly collapsing as a court clerk announced the jury had found him not guilty of all charges. He had faced five counts, including charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree attempted homicide. According to a CBS report, the Wisconsin teen faced life in prison if had been convicted.
Rittenhouse spoke soon afterwards about the tweet from the Lakers star during an interview on Blaze TV show “You are Here”.
“I was a Lakers fan too before he said that,” Rittenhouse fumed about the James tweet. “I was really pissed off when he said that because I liked LeBron, and then I’m like, you know, ‘F*** you, LeBron.'”
A Thursday post to Rittenhouse’s Twitter account mocked James and President Joe Biden, riffing on the video referenced by James in his 2021 tweet.
In the clip, he is seen holding a gas pump as he apparently adds fuel to his vehicle at a gas station, and he breaks out in tears.
“No, it’s not Lemon Heads,” Rittenhouse explains, “it’s the burning hole in my pocket thanks to a Joe Biden presidency.”
Gas prices have been rising steadily during President Biden’s administration, exceeding $4 per gallon before Russia’s war on Ukraine. Since then, prices at the pump have approached $6 in some states, like California.
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