LeBron James has come under some heavy criticism from people online after the NBA megastar mocked Kyle Rittenhouse for sobbing during his murder trial.
Footage of 18-year-old Kenosha gunman Rittenhouse breaking down while he testified on the stand was posted on social media.
LeBron, who has been a vocal black rights activist, reacted to the clip by posting a bunch of laughing emojis before questioning whether Rittenhouse's tears were genuine.
"What tears????? I didn't see one," LeBron tweeted.
"Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court."
What tears????? I didn't see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court. https://t.co/LKwYssIUmD- LeBron James (@KingJames) November 11, 2021
Despite only being live for less than a day, the post has already racked up over 225,000 likes and has almost 40,000 comments.
Some of those replies were in support of LeBron, although the majority of them came from people who took exception of his comments.
Ohio councillor Aaron J Carpenter commented: "LeBron James appears to be mocking people dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in this post. Why? Is this a joke to you? Not a good look!"
As Harminder Singh, who described himself as a "staunch free speech advocate" on Twitter, added: "Why is LeBron James on the wrong side of every issue? When you revisit traumatic memories it comes out differently emotionally and/or psychically. Understand the subject before commenting on it."
While one person tweeted: "Bruh. Regardless of how you feel about the situation you could show maybe a little better character."
And another bloke replied: "Hey King, sit this one out. You don't have a good history with these takes."
Meanwhile, others took aim at LeBron over some of his own topics such as his stance on the situation in China and his multi-million-dollar sponsorship with Nike.
Some people simply resorted to using memes as a way of summarising their thoughts on the matter.
Either way, the 36-year-old seems to have left people divided with his take.
In the meantime, Rittenhouse is being tried for the murders of two men and attempted murder of a third during civil unrest in the United States last year.
The 18-year-old claims he acted in self-defence when he shot at people during a protest in Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse, who was armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle, insists he was trying to protect a car dealership from being vandalised.
At one point during his testimony, as he recalled the events that transpired, Rittenhouse became overwhelmed with emotion and broke down in tears.
Struggling to articulate his words, the judge then called for a short break in the courtroom.
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