(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) –The Miami Heat players donned hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweatshirt, who was shot to death by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer on Feb. 26.
“As a father, this hits home,” said Wade, who has 10- and 4-year-old sons.
Before the game, the players took a photo in the team hotel, all wearing hoodies, bowing their heads, and hands stuffed into their pockets.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra called it “a powerful move.”
“It really is a tragic story,” Spoelstra said. “And the more you learn about it, the more confused you get.”
Many Heat players, including Dwyane Wade and LeBron James also wrote “RIP Trayvon Martin” and “We want justice” on their sneakers during Miami’s 88-73 win over the Pistons on Friday night.
“I couldn’t imagine if my son went to a store just to get some Skittles and a pop or iced tea and they didn’t come home,” said Heat forward Udonis Haslem. “We’ve been following the story, individually, very closely. It’s just unfortunate. We just feel like something needed to be done about it. It’s only right. It’s only fair. … I think it’s at least a start in the right direction.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire