(The Root) — In the midst of tensions running high over Rachel Jeantel’s testimony in the George Zimmerman murder trial, track star Lolo Jones managed to secure a piece of the outrage for herself after making a tasteless joke at Jeantel’s expense.
Jeantel, a friend of the late Trayvon Martin and the last person to talk to him alive (aside from Zimmerman), has endured two tough days of testimony on the stand and pelting by the media both on and offline. Once Jeantel stepped off the stand, her online supporters took a collective sigh of relief but were soon up in arms again thanks to this tweet from Jones’ account.
Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I’m going to sell it as Madea goes to court.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) June 27, 2013
Twitter was quick to attack, shooting plenty of biting quips her way:
Lolo probably watched Dark Girls like it was a Kevin Hart special.
— Princeton Hernandez (@itsPrincey) June 27, 2013
Lolo Jones attempts for LOLs about as fruitful as her attempts to medal. We can’t be surprised.
— Hedde von Fapp (@10nthLetter) June 27, 2013
She doesn’t get along w/hurdles RT @lilmurphazoidCome on, @lolojones. Her experience during the Trial is a life hurdle u know nothing about.
— Fat Amy (@Awkward_Duck) June 27, 2013
Shouldn’t Lolo Jones be training for another Olympic failure or something?
— C.J.M. (@EveryoneHatesCJ) June 27, 2013
.@lolojones wanted sympathy when her teammates were “mean” but she’s mocking a woman frustrated at the trial of a man who killed her friend.