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Unlike Most Media Figures, ESPN’s Richard Jefferson Apologizes For False Rittenhouse Information

After Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all accounts, Richard Jefferson took to Twitter saying he ‘made a mistake during a very emotional time’ which made him ‘say something that was false.’

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In a series of tweets on Saturday, ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson held himself accountable better than most legacy media for reporting false information about the Rittenhouse trial.

One day after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all accounts, Jefferson took to Twitter saying he “made a mistake during a very emotional time” which made him “say something that was false.”

The sports analyst continued to say Rittenhouse “did not bring a gun across state lines,”  realizing he had read “something that was false.” 

Jefferson’s comments come after the misleading coverage of the Rittenhouse trial by legacy media that indicated the 17-year-old drove across state lines, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, with an illegally acquired rifle to a town he had no connection to. 

Additionally, celebrities have belittled Rittenhouse in public. Author Stephen King called Rittenhouse “eerily like Eric Harris, one of the Columbine shooters.” Lebron James mocked Rittenhouse’s emotional response to his trial: “What tears?????,” he tweeted. “I didn’t see one,” James continued. “Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court.”

Following the trial, many have called for Rittenhouse to sue corporate media for defamation.