In the wake of a jury’s decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse on charges related to a shooting last year at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a number of celebrities spoke out against the verdict.
One former pro basketball player, however, has taken a different stance by calling out those who are injecting political grievances into the developing narrative.
“The courts found it as self-defense”
According to the Washington Examiner, ex-NBA star Kwame Brown offered his take on the situation in a video shared so social media this week.
As for the evidence presented during the trial, Brown said: “That — to me, in my opinion — looked like self-defense. The courts found it as self-defense.”
He went on to lament the fact that Rittenhouse “had to sit in jail for so long because they made something political that shouldn’t have been political.”
Brown seemed far less concerned about how Rittenhouse reacted to the threat posed by a group of protesters than the actions of those who injected race and politics into the situation.
“Instead of that, we want to tie it into something black,” he said. “We want to tie it into something bigger so we can have people come out and march and get checks off a little teenager’s back. And that, to me, is corny. … Everything ain’t political, OK?”
“Tell me how to get it like you got it”
Brown then turned his attention to those “getting paid to push this racist s***,” calling out the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Roland Martin for their respective roles in advancing the racially charged rhetoric while living in luxury.
“So how in the f*** is it so bad?” he asked. “Tell me how to get it like you got it. Tell me how to get some of them black Escalade securities that you sons of b***** pulling up in while I’m pulling up with my brother.”
Of course, this was not the first time Brown has been an outspoken critic of the prevailing narrative, as the New York Post noted earlier this year. He maintained a public feud with multiple sports commentators and athletes who have criticized him for failing to live up to the initial expectations of his early NBA career.
Although he was a top draft pick selected in 2001 by the Washington Wizards, Brown went on to become a journeyman player until he retired in 2013.
His time in the NBA included stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, and Philadelphia 76ers.