Retired MLB slugger Aubrey Huff is slammed for ‘disgusting’ tweet after calling Kyle Rittenhouse ‘a national treasure’ following the 17-year-old’s arrest for ‘killing BLM protestors’
- Ex-Major League slugger and outspoken conservative Aubrey Huff posted and deleted a tweet calling accused murder Kyle Rittenhouse a ‘national treasure’
- Rittenhouse was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly shooting and killing two BLM protestors in Kenosha
Retired Major League slugger and outspoken conservative Aubrey Huff posted and deleted a tweet calling accused murder Kyle Rittenhouse a ‘national treasure’ after the 17-year-old was seen shooting and killing two people during at a Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha.
‘#KyleRittenhouse is a national treasure,’ the ex-San Francisco Giant tweeted Wednesday night before deleting his praise for the alleged killer on Thursday morning.
Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Kenosha, was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide in shootings late Tuesday. Under Wisconsin law, anyone 17 or older is treated as an adult in the criminal justice system.
Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was shot in the back seven times on Sunday by Kenosha, Wisconsin police, who were responding to a domestic disturbance call. Following the shooting, which left Blake paralyzed from the waist down, the small Lake Michigan city has been the site of protests throughout the week.
Retired Major League slugger and outspoken conservative Aubrey Huff (left) posted and deleted a tweet calling accused murder Kyle Rittenhouse (right) a ‘national treasure’ after the 17-year-old was seen shooting and killing two people during at a Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha. Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Kenosha, was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide in shootings late Tuesday. Under Wisconsin law, anyone 17 or older is treated as an adult in the criminal justice system
Huff’s tweets garnered a few thousand ‘likes’ before he deleted it without an explanation
Although he deleted the tweet Thursday, Huff continued antagonizing his critics while lobbing insults at the NBA, which suspended its postseason on Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks staged a protest in response to the Blake shooting.
‘When @KingJames & his racial division is more important than the entire league,’ Huff tweeted in response to a report that LeBron James was demanding that league owners take more action on social justice issues.
Huff, who describes himself in his Twitter bio as a ‘believer,’ reacted to footage of protests in Kenosha by writing: ‘I say the rapture for the good people. Then we can leave these pieces of s*** to fend for themselves until they burn in hell for eternity. But that’s just me.’
And when one Twitter user called Huff’s initial Rittenhouse post ‘disgusting’ Huff responded: ‘For someone displaying self defense? Ok p**y.’
Rittenhouse, a police aficionado, was seen walking the streets with other civilians armed with long guns on Tuesday. During the chaos of that night, a male with a semi-automatic rifle can be heard in cellphone footage saying, ‘I just killed somebody,’ while jogging away from where a man had just been fatally shot in the head.
Another clip apparently taken moments later shows what appears to be the same person jogging down a street with a crowd in tow. The man stumbles to the ground is attacked before he starts firing his weapon several times, killing another man and wounding a third.
Huff’s Twitter account has been a source of controversy for some time.
In November the World Series champion ignited an uproar on social media by tweeting a picture from a San Diego gun range, where he claimed to be preparing his sons for the possibility of a Bernie Sanders presidency and an ensuing civil war.
‘Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020,’ Huff wrote on Twitter. ‘In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must. By the way most the head shots were theirs.’
Huff included a picture in his post, showing him holding up a target with clusters of bullet holes around the head and chest.
When asked by one Twitter user whom Huff plans to shoot, the two-time World Series champion and former San Francisco Giants slugger issued a hit list: ‘Ummmm crazy people rioting and trying to break into my house for food or shelter. And yes that includes Americans. And they aren’t fellow Americans if they are breaking into my house and trying to harm my family dumba**.’
Then, in a January tweet that he has since deleted, Huff wrote about kidnapping Iranian women so ‘we can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes.’
He has since claimed that tweet was a joke.
In February Huff was disinvited from a Giants reunion over what team executives are calling his ‘unacceptable’ social media comments, prompting him to accuse the club of ‘politically correct, progressive bulls***.’
The Giants released a statement after telling Huff that he would not be welcome when the franchise celebrates its 2010 World Series title.
‘Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion,’ read a team statement.
‘Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision.’
‘Quite frankly, shocked,’ Huff told The Athletic about the team’s decision. ‘Disappointed. If it wasn’t for me, they wouldn’t be having a reunion.’
Huff had four RBIs as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Giants during their five-game World Series win over the Texas Rangers in 2010. He also had a key game-tying single against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
‘If they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive bulls***, that’s fine,’ he told The Athletic.
Huff also released a statement on Twitter in which he suggested that the Giants franchise is suffering from some liberal bias.
A veteran of 13 MLB seasons, Huff finished his career with 242 home runs and a respectable .278 average. He earned a Silver Slugger award in 2008 as the American League’s best designated hitter after knocking 32 home runs and batting .304 on the season.
He earned nearly $58 million over his career, which began in 1998 when he was drafted out of the University of Miami by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the fifth round of the amateur draft.