Kyle Rittenhouse said he’s renounced his Lakers fandom and now plans to sue their star player, LeBron James, as part of his attempt to go after everyone he claims defamed him before he was cleared of murder charges.
Rittenhouse, who has said he wanted to hold major media and entertainment figures ‘accountable,’ was chiefly reacting to the NBA superstar’s accusations that he faked his tears in a Kenosha, Wisconsin courtroom during the trial, according to TMZ.
The teen took the stand in his own defense and became emotional when he talked about killing two men and wounding a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in Kenosha in August 2020. He added that he acted in self-defense.
James’s tweet mocked Rittenhouse’s tears to his 50million followers.
‘What tears????? I didn’t see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court,’ he wrote.
Kyle Rittenhouse is launching The Media Accountability Project to take aim at those he believe. slandered him during his trial
LeBron James appears at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland
Rittenhouse had said he stopped rooting for the Lakers after James’s tweet.
‘I liked LeBron,’ Rittenhouse said in December on The BlazeTV. ‘And, then I’m like, ‘You know what, f–k you, LeBron.”
‘I was a Lakers’ fan too, before he said that,’ he added.
Last November, the 18-year-old was found not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and other charges, and walked out of court a free man.
Speaking on Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Monday night, Rittenhouse said he wanted to hold major media and entertainment figures ‘accountable’ noting that he had talk show host Whoopi Goldberg in his sights.
President Joe Biden will likely be among The Media Accountability Project’s targets
Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has said he intends to take legal action against media outlets and ‘celebrities, politicians and athletes’ that have called him a ‘murderer’
Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Monday night that he feels several organizations and people were misguided in their coverage of him and the Kenosha incident
‘We are looking at quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes, Whoopi Goldberg is on the list. She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that, and there’s others,’ Rittenhouse told Carlson.
Rittenhouse said he was going to set up The Media Accountability Project as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the’ lies that were told about him’
He also revealed that Cenk Uygur the founder of the Young Turks show is on his scope adding that he ‘continues to call me a ‘murderer.”
The Young Turks show is a liberal and left-wing news commentary show on YouTube that additionally appears on selected television channels.
‘What about the people who called you a white supremacist? It makes it pretty hard to get a job for the rest of your life if you are a white supremacist. Will you be responding to them?’ Carlson asked.
‘Absolutely. We’re going to hold everybody who lied about me accountable, such as everybody who lied called me a White supremacist,’ Rittenhouse said in response. ‘They’re all going to be held accountable. And we’re going to handle them in a courtroom.’
Rittenhouse refused to be drawn on who else may come under fire from him but there may end up being quite a list including the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Two months before Biden was elected president, he criticized then-President Trump for refusing to condemn people who are against the Black Lives Matter riots as ‘white supremacists.’
The tweet from the then-candidate included an image from a video clip of Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting.
‘There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,’ Biden tweeted in September 2020.
After a jury determined that Rittenhouse did not act with ‘utter disregard for human life’ when he shot the two protesters, Biden delicately weighed in on the verdict – but walk back on his pre-election Tweet.
Two months before Biden was elected president, he criticized then-President Trump for refusing to condemn people who are against the Black Lives Matter riots as ‘white supremacists together with a video clip of Rittenhouse who was 17 at the time
‘While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.
‘I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.’
At the time, Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, said he was dismayed by Biden’s depiction of him as a white supremacist.
‘I’ve never had a case, I don’t think I ever will, where within two days or three days of one another, you know, the President and the presidential candidate comment on it. And both of them had such different beliefs,’ Richards said.
‘President Biden said some things, I think are so incorrect and untrue — he is not a white supremacist. I’m glad that he at least respects the jury verdict.’
‘I don’t want to see anybody else have to deal with what I went through,’ he added. ‘So I want to hold them accountable for what they did to me, because I don’t want to see anybody have to go through what I went through.’
During Monday night’s appearance Rittenhouse announced that he would be pursuing individuals via his Media Accountability Project through which he hopes to target those who spoke ill of him.
The website begins with a video of Malcolm X with Rittenhouse reading a quote from the civil rights activist.
‘The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power.’