A former sporting celebrity believes an acquitted Kenosha shooter did nothing wrong.

Kwame Brown believes accused gunman Kyle Rittenhouse only opened fire in self-defense. The former Philadelphia 76ers star accused black elites and white progressives of exploiting the young man’s actions for political and financial gain.

“[Progressives think,] ‘We want to make it like we want to tie it to something black,'” Brown said according to Breitbart. “‘We want to tie it into something bigger, so we can have people come out march and get checks off a little teenager’s back.'”

He claimed many of these vocal critics make money out of accusing others of being prejudiced against those belonging to another race.

“A bunch of people [are] getting paid to push this racist [expletive,]” he said according to the publication. “[Many of them have] got good cars, good houses, good everything–telling you how bad it is [in America.]”

Brown criticized Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Roland Martin for hypocritically claiming African Americans cannot succeed in the United States.

“They stayed at the [same] hotel I stayed,” he said. “They [are] over there living good and pimping so high, so how is it so bad?”

The sporting great urged every American to respect a judicial finding that Rittenhouse genuinely feared for his life.

“The courts found it as self-defense,” he said according to the publication. “The only bad thing is that he had to sit in jail for so long, because they made something political–that was not, or should not, have been political.”

Joe Biden previously seized on the Kenosha shooting to compare Rittenhouse to “white supremacists and militia groups” in an election campaign video shared on Twitter. This prompted sharp backlash.

“It is actual malice for him to say something like that, it defames my person,” Rittenhouse said in a video shared on Twitter.

Rittenhouse also stressed he was not racist.

“This case has nothing to do with race,” he can be heard saying. “It never had anything to do with race, it had to do with the right to self-defence.”

“I am not a racist person, I support the Black Lives Matter movement, I support peacefully demonstrating, [and] I believe there needs to be change,” he added.

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