Today the Miami Heat showed how athletes can be role models and use their fame for a great cause.
In case you’re not familiar with the story that has gained national attention in the last week, Tayvon Martin, a 17-year-old native of Miami was spending time with his father and his girlfriend in an Orlando suburb. On the night of February 26 he went to the convenience store to get some candy. While he was walking back George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch member spotted Martin in a hoodie and decided that he looked “suspicious.” ZImmerman called 911 and the dispatcher informed him not to follow the teen. Zimmerman proceeded to track the teen and later shot Martin in the chest. Zimmerman claimed the killing was in self defense. Since then the story has provoked people into protest and outrage with many calling for Zimmerman to be prosecuted. Many have donned hoodies to show their support of Tayvon and his family.
The Miami Heat gathered together to wear hoodies to show their support and champion for justice for the fallen boy. LeBron James tweeted the photo as seen above with the hashtags, #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice.
Earlier in the day Dwyane Wade Tweeted out this photo and made it his main picture on Twitter. Outstanding notion by all of the Miami Heat for showing a great moral stance on such a troubling topic.