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Photo: The Miami Heat Wear Hoodies To Protest The Killing Of Trayvon Martin

Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in late February. Martin was unarmed, and his only “transgression” at this point seems to to be that he was young, black, and wearing a hoodie when he was killed.

Because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, no charges have yet been brought against Zimmerman, a man who is by all indications legitimately crazy.

To protest the killing of Martin — and the fact that Zimmerman is a free man — various “Million Hoodie March” protests have been held throughout the country. Now, the Miami Heat are symbolically joining the protest.

The above photo was tweeted out by LeBron James earlier today, with the hashtags #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice. According to the Palm Beach Post, James had been planning this for a few days. We should also point out that the only reason Mike Miller isn’t in this photo is because he wasn’t traveling with the team at the time.

The Heat are the first collection of high-profile athletes to publicly take a stance on the polarizing case, and since they a) play in Florida, and b) are perhaps the most visible team in America right now, this photo is an important one.

[LeBron James] Twitter

  • Anonymous

    the fact they are taking a stand 3 weeks after the incident and being in the same state also says something. think they are just jumping on the bandwagon. time will tell though.

  • Anonymous

    he wasn’t arrested because the police have handled things the wrong way from the start and needed an excuse to cover up their mishandling of things so that’s why the “stand your ground law” is getting cited.  read the law, listen to 911 tape and its pretty clear he didn’t fall under that law.  and like some lawyers have pointed out.  that law would be what his lawyers use to get him off in court not why the police don’t arrest him.  

  • Anonymous

    OMFG,,,these are the bestest basketball team ever

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C6VTISVWOSMPSEMO36TZKUCXKU Dante Goodman

    Awesome….so great to see professional athletes take a stand on a social issue. Props to the Miami Heat.

  • Mk20 mod0

    LBJ needs to surrender each and every firearm he owns.

  • Anonymous

    So, after 30 days the MIAMI Heat now wants to make a statement about a kid from Miami who appears to have been unjustifiably killed. Talk about a bandwagon!

  • Dj Ki

    1 day 20 days or 30 days we are still black and the boy is dead

  • Renzythegreat

    The hoodie protest/march wasn’t officially confirmed til like the other day, shows how much you know..

  • Anonymous

    Spare me the morality lesson. A LOT of black boys are dead! Check Philadelphia and Chicago recent headlines. They just don’t have the “popularity” that this case has gotten. So, as the bandwagon rolls along, I’m sure more “protests” will surface… 40 days, 50 days, etc., as long as the story’s got legs.

  • Anonymous

    Take time to read. I make no reference to the “hoodie protest/march”. I refer to the fact that the Miami Heat took “30 days” for ANY protest regarding a kid from MIAMI…. shows how much you comprehend, Your Greatness.

  • Higggs

    Bunch of idiots… the facts are not out yet….  what no one is saying…
     is that there was a scuffle..

  • TeeTee

    It was a scuffle bcuz Zimmerman followed and attacked him. Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend. It’s obvious he was not the aggressor.

  • http://twitter.com/jewdocrat ProudLib

    Who the hell cares. They did it.

  • Heyo

    The facts are EVERYWHERE Higgs!! Just youtube the audio files from Zimmerman and more importantly HIS NEIGHBORS!

  • Heyo

    But yeah… definitely bandwagon … but at least they’ve taken a stand. I’m more interested in why Al Sharpton and other “black leaders” have taken so long to get involved.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VYIOVD5YFJHQ4AP3HK5OKMQMYM china

    So what! I just found out about this teenager Monday and I wore my hoodie yesterday and yep! call it what you want

  • RealTalk

    This is a race issue. I am tired hearing reports saying this teen was killed no he was just a child and this adult male took his life. Were is this man’s judgement how can a child walking be threating an adult in car. This man could of stayed in his car and just drove away. This is not the first or last incident of total disregard to African Americans lives in United States. Of course, the media is trying to find excuses for this man now you can’t wear a hoodie. The fact is simply RACIAL in 2012 is no secret. 
    Celebrities fear losing or tanting their career by addressing that they see, witness, and hear about racism daily.

  • James45

    Your opinion is almost as awful as your attempt to write a proper paragraph. I hope you’re a 9-year-old kid because you can’t spell, use the proper tense or complete a thought. It’s always people like you that have an opinion but no knowledge to back it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blamoreau1 Ben Lamoreau

    Do you think for a second that if this was a white boy this would be getting the attention that it is now????  NO.  I hate the fact that this kid was killed, provoked or not.  But what I hate more is the fact that EVERYONE is tossing it as a racist thing.  There is no more African Americans, we are all Americans.  So lets all grow up and see this as it is.  A man making a poor judgement call or protecting his own life.  There are only 2 people who knew what went on and as sad as it is one of them is dead.   R.I.P. Trayvon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUQLNU3BYJD3QI2HXGDHJKCJBY Kielboss

    A few weeks ago in Michigan a 13 year old white kid had gasoline poured all over him and was set fire by a group of black kids. He sustained life altering injuries. Why? Because he was white. Yet, I haven’t seen even ONE black person speak out against it.  And you wonder why white people have so many problems with your race.

  • http://newyorkcityasianescort.com/ Candelaria Banda

    nd you wonder why white people have so many problems with your race.

  • daddysgirl5566

    why don’t they try wearing pink in honor of this little girl that the media seemed to just over look? http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/24/new-jersey-authorities-say-girl-was-strangled-by-teen-brothers-for-parts-her/

  • Angel Torres

    There should be more of an outrage with the Florida Justice system and Polical system than anything else

    I think they should be investigate a bit further It happen with the Casey Anthony case as well. I think the Florida legal system are not very good. Its to late for Trayvon Martin, but for the future not only for minorities, but for whites there is some wrong with Florida Laws. I also think this team should be outrage at the stand your ground laws. A black women in Florida was given 15 years in jail for defending her self against an abusive spouse. Stand your ground laws did not work for Her. Therefore it seems that this stand your ground laws seen to work for whites only. Its a redicoluse law and really stupid. This the NRA and there bull shit of cause the laws are set up so that NRA can never be sued for this kind of crimes. There is something wrong here. This what people should be angry about these Laws nothing is going to bring Tratvon Martin, back, but people should fight these ridclouse laws so no more innocent people get killed because of the message these laws are sending.

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