On Friday, several NBA players used social media to take a stand for Trayvon Martin. Not only did the entire Miami Heat take a photo in their official “Heat team” hoodies, they did so with the full support of the Miami Heat organization.
“Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin for their loss and for everyone involved in this terrible tragedy.
“We support our players and join them in hoping that their images and our logo can be part of the national dialogue and can help in our nation’s healing.”
I know this generation’s NBA stars take a lot of heat but the fact that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade got together with their entire orgnazation to take a stand speaks volumes. The photo was taken in the Heat’s hotel in Detroit where they will face off against the Pistons on Friday night. The Heat will also have messages in honor of Trayvon on their sneakers for the game.
James and Wade said that Gabrielle Union is the one who made them aware of the situation.
Carmelo Anthony, Amare’s Stoudemire and Kevin Durant all posted photos in their hoodies to their Twitter and Instagram accounts as well. The NBPA has released a statement also.
”The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) offers its condolences to the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin in their time of need. The NBPA is saddened and horrified by the tragic murder of Mr. Martin and joins in the chorus of calls from across the nation for the prompt arrest of George Zimmerman. The reported facts surrounding Mr. Zimmerman’s actions indicate a callous disregard for Mr. Martin’s young life and necessitate that he stand trial. The NBPA also calls for the permanent resignation of Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee and a full review of the Sanford Police Department, for dereliction of duty and racial bias in this matter and others. Their silence in the face of this injustice is reprehensible and they cannot be trusted to safe guard the citizens of the Sanford community equally. The NBPA seeks to ensure that Trayvon Martin’s murder not go unpunished and the elimination of the injustices suffered by the innocent.”
This is using the medium for something powerful.