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LeBron James stated that Kyle Rittenhouse should "knock off" after seeing a video showing the teenager crying during his murder trial.
Rittenhouse was charged with the murders of two men and injuring another during protests calling for justice for Jacob Blake.
On Wednesday, he took the witness stand. His testimony was stopped after he seemed unable to speak.
LeBron James, NBA legend, reacted to Kyle Rittenhouse's emotional reaction while taking the stand in his own murder trial. "Man knock it off!"
Rittenhouse (18) is accused of shooting and killing two men, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber, and injuring another man, Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse was arrested at Kenosha protests demanding justice for Jacob Blake (a 29-year old Black man who was shot seven more times by Kenosha police on August 2020).
Rittenhouse, who pleaded not guilty, claimed that he was acting in self defense when he shot the men.
On Wednesday, the 18-year old took the stand to testify about what happened on August 25, 2020 during protests. He said he felt "cornered" and "ambushed by Rosenbaum and Joshua Ziminski.
Rittenhouse was unable to communicate clearly at one point. Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder had to stop Rittenhouse's testimony.
USA Today posted a video of the incident later Wednesday. The caption of the tweet read: "Kyle Rittenhouse wept at his murder trial as he testified about the events of August 25, 2020 in Kenosha (Wisconsin)"
James commented on the video and wrote in a tweet: "What tears ????? I didn't see any.
"Man, knock it off!" The athlete continued. "That boy ate lemon heads before he walked into court."
Rittenhouse testified Wednesday that Rosenbaum was "coming at him, with his arms out infront of him." I can still recall his hand on my gun's barrel."
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Rittenhouse stated that Rittenhouse grabbed his gun and could feel the gun pulling away from him. Rittenhouse also claimed that he felt the strap begin to fall off of Rittenhouse's body. "I fire just one shot."
Grosskreutz was then stated by the 18-year old that he was hurt in the incident and was standing in front with his hands in the air, in apparent surrender.
"Grosskreutz said Monday that he initially raised his hand to Rittenhouse but that he felt that Rittenhouse was not accepting his surrender because he was "reracking" his AR-15 rifle," Jake Epstein and Michelle Mark of Insider reported. "Grosskreutz claimed he didn't intend to kill Rittenhouse but that he drew his gun because he believed Rittenhouse was a active shooter."
Insider has the original article.