The above photo was tweeted out by LeBron James, with the hashtags: #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice. According to the Palm Beach Post, James had been planning this for a few days. The Heat are the first collection of high-profile athletes to publicly take a stance on the Trayvon Martin case.
“As a father, this hits home,” said Wade, who has 10- and 4-year-old sons. Martin was killed as he was returning to a gated community, carrying candy and iced tea. A neighborhood crime-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, said he acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are still investigating.Protests have popped up nationwide in recent days, with thousands of people — many of them wearing hoodies — calling for action. “This situation hit home for me because last Christmas, all my oldest son wanted as a gift was hoodies,” Wade told The Associated Press on Friday from Auburn Hills, Mich., where the Heat were to play the Detroit Pistons.
“So when I heard about this a week ago, I thought of my sons. I’m speaking up because I feel it’s necessary that we get past the stereotype of young, black men and especially with our youth.” Wade and James decided Thursday to make their reactions about the Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. “Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin for their loss and for everyone involved in this terrible tragedy,” the Heat said in a statement Friday afternoon. “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.”