The acquitted Kenosha shooter said he'd once rooted for the Lakers star.
Kyle Rittenhouse "didn't deserve to walk free," the Wisconsin State Journal declared in an editorial.
Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen, walked free on Friday after killing two people and injuring a third with a high-powered rifle last summer.
"Different scenarios run through your head ... like what could have happened, like what if I wasn’t alive?” Rittenhouse said in a Fox News clip.
Rep. Paul Gosar, meanwhile, asked if Rittenhouse should get a "congressional Medal of Honor" after the teenager, who killed two people, was found not guilty.
"Armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street," the parents of one victim warned.
Jurors delivered the verdict after several days of deliberations. Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two, at a protest in Wisconsin last year.
Jurors are set to begin deliberating after two weeks of testimony in which they were given starkly different portrayals of Rittenhouse's actions.
The teen cried while recounting the protests last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he shot three people.
The former Marine, who was also packing an AR-15-style rifle like Rittenhouse, said he turned his back on the man.