Kyle Rittenhouse trial: LeBron James mocks teen's tears as 'fake' while others post memes of 'Oscar-winning performance'

LEBRON James has mocked Kyle Rittenhouse after the teen broke down in tears during his murder trial on Wednesday.

The LA Lakers star tweeted: "What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court."

That came after Rittenhouse, 18, took the stand on Wednesday, sobbing so hard at one point that the judge called a break.

But basketball star James was not the only one to question the teen's tears.


CNN pundit Ana Navarro-Cárdenas said: "Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27.

"Think about how much their loved ones have cried, real anguish and grief, not crocodile tears."

"Kyle Rittenhouse's was face scrunching extra hard with zero moisture. Crocodile tears," another Twitter user add.

Attorney Carli Pierson said he "deserves an award for his melodramatic performance on the witness stand."

Others shared memes comparing his "worst fake cry" to Dawson from Dawson's Creek.

Another said the teen went to the "Brett Kavanaugh school of acting" – a reference to the tears shed by the now Supreme Court judge during his testimony after he was accused of  sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.

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One Twitter user added: "Kyle Rittenhouse is Coming for Brett Kavanaugh's Oscar Awards."


Rittenhouse testified on Wednesday he was under attack when he killed two men – Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber – and wounded a third – Gaige Grosskreutz – with his rifle during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha last summer.

The teen told the court: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.”

Rittenhouse said that the first man cornered him and put his hand on the barrel of Rittenhouse’s rifle, the second man hit him with a skateboard, and the third man came at him with a gun of his own.

His nearly all-day testimony was interrupted by an angry exchange in which his lawyers demanded a mistrial over what they argued were out-of-bounds questions asked of him by the chief prosecutor.

The judge did not immediately rule on the request. And later in the day, he instructed the jury to expect closing arguments early next week.


Rittenhouse is on trial over the shootings he committed during unrest that erupted in Kenosha over the wounding of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white cop.

He could get life in prison on the charges.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, went to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic weapon and a medic bag.

The former police youth cadet said that was an effort to protect property after rioters had set fires and ransacked businesses on previous nights.

The case has divided Americans over whether Rittenhouse was a patriot taking a stand against lawlessness or a vigilante.

As he began crying on the stand and appeared unable to speak, his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, seated on a bench across the courtroom, sobbed loudly.


After the morning outburst, he was largely composed the rest of the day, though his voice seemed to break at times as he came under tough cross-examination.

Prosecutor Thomas Binger went hard at Rittenhouse all afternoon during cross-examination, walking him through each of the shootings.

Rittenhouse continually pushed back, saying he had no choice but to fire.

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