Last Friday a Wisconsin jury determined that Kyle Rittenhouse was not guilty in a high-profile case revolving around the deadly shooting of two men during last year’s Kenosha rallies.
Due to the shooting happening during the last year’s protests regarding the shooting of black man Jacob Blake by a white Kenosha cop, there was a certain degree of political polarization hovering over the proceedings.
The jury ultimately determined that Rittenhouse was not guilty on all five charges that were brought against him, including reckless homicide and attempted intentional homicide.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took the opportunity shortly thereafter to offer his thoughts on the decision. He did so on Instagram with this post:
In the post James reposted a message published by NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who suggested that if Rittenhouse had been black the book would have been thrown at him.
James is no stranger to weighing in on political matters. Whether he was going to war with former President Donald Trump or helping pay $27 million so that felons could vote in the 2020 election – the Lakers star has been very open about his leanings on various societal matters.
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 19, 2021
Interestingly enough, James also wasn’t the lone NBA player to weigh in on the verdict. Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns also offered a fairly blunt 4-word response.
Clearly the NBA community didn’t like what they saw from the Rittenhouse verdict. How will they express that displeasure going forward? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.