Friday, March 23, 2012

The Miami Heat Show Support For Trayvon Martin

The controversy of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has reached the sports world where Miami Heat players have offered support to the teenager's family.

Taking to his Facebook page, Heat star Dwyane Wade posted a photo of himself in a hoodie and put out via Twitter "#hoodies #stereotype #trayvonmartin."

Also Friday, teammate LeBron James showed a photo on Twitter of Heat players also wearing hooded sweatshirts and added "#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice."

Martin, 17, was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by a Neighborhood Watch captain who has not been charged and claimed he acted in self-defense. The case has raised the issue with Florida's so-called "Stand Your Ground Law."

Speaking to the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel after morning practice in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wade brought up family.

"I'm a father," Wade said. "It's support of the tragic thing that has taken place. No matter what color, race, we're all fathers.

"When you think about what that family's going through, it hits you hard and it hurts your heart to think about it. Just anything you can do, obviously we can't bring him back, but anything you can do to get behind and support is what we're doing."

Wade, whose Heat play the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, said he already had a photo of himself in a hoodie but believes it was a good time to use it in support of Martin's family.

Earlier Friday, President Obama urged Americans to do some "soul searching" over Martin's death.

"I can only imagine what his parents are going through," said Obama, the father of two daughters. "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids."

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