Ever since Jussie Smollett was shockingly freed from facing charges related to the alleged attack against him in Chicago, many people have spoken out.
But two people have remained unsually silent throughout this ordeal...
... Abel and Ola Osundairo.
The Nigerian brothers were brought in by the Chicago Police Department several weeks ago as the main suspects in this case.
And this is where things started to take a turn against Smollett, considering the siblings had worked as extras on Empire and has also trained the actor in the gym.
How could his assailants have had a connection to him? How could they have been African-American, when Smollett swore his attackers were white?
Could the siblings have been paid by Smollett to orchestrate the incident and only pretend to beat him up?
This became the working theory, and it was exacerbated after a check written to the brothers emerged, as well as text messages between Smollett and Abel.
Said an attorney for the brothers, just a few days before the charges against Smollett were dropped:
"My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves."
So... what do they have to say now?
In light of Smollett getting off entirely?
That's the weird thing.
According to TMZ, the lawyer for Abel and Ola urged them to make a public statement very soon after the Smollett news went viral yesterday.
But they refused to do so -- and, in response, lawyer Gloria Schmidt actually quit, saying she no longer wished to represent Abel and Ola.
The cops and prosecutors both say the brothers were the ones on the street with Smollett on the night of the attack. Naturally, all observers are now wondering what role they played because there are really only two scenarios:
1. They did commit the assault.
2. They helped Smollett fake it and cover it up.
Considering they weren't arrested for the former, wouldn't they want to speak out and clear their names in regard to the latter charge?
This whole thing is such a confusing mystery.
The man responsible for dropping the charges against Smollett, First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats, says his decision does not exonerate the star.
"We stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him and we stand behind the charges in the case," Magats said yesterday, adding:
"The mere fact that it was disposed of in an alternative manner does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities in the case or the evidence."
Magats later tried to say that Smollett did not commit a violent act and that's the only reason his office chose not to pursue this case.
Again, it's a confusing mystery.
But not to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"This is a whitewash of justice," the politician told reporters on Tuesday, continuing as follows:
"I’d like to remind everybody a grand jury indicted this individual based on only a piece of the evidence that the police had collected in that period of time. So a grand jury actually brought the charges...
You have a person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence to then turn around and use those laws to advance your career and your financial reward.
Is there no decency in this man?
Sounds like a fair question.