HoopsHype Trayvon Martin rumors

April 13, 2012 Updates

You and your son attended the Miami rally for Trayvon Martin. Why was it important for you to be there? Alonzo Mourning: I have a 15-year-old son. He is 6-8 and a half and he wears a size 16 shoe. If you saw him from a distance, he looks like a grown man. And he loves wearing hoodies. I can’t tell you how many hoodie sweatshirts he has in his closet. So when I saw the situation evolve with the Martin family, I thought about my son. It could have been him. And I’m very blessed to have the lifestyle I have and creating a great atmosphere for my family. But when you think about that situation and the injustice. You think about an innocent young man on his way home who posed no threat to anyone—it’s an unfortunate loss. But at the same time, this was an opportunity for individuals to voice their opinion about violence around the country. Not just with young black men—I’m talking about all different races. Teenage violence, violence in the schools, things of that nature. It’s important for us to continue to magnify the importance of brining attention to stopping situations like that from evolving. I’m a strong believer that in order to see change, you have to become that change you want to see. That’s something that I want changed in my community. I’m sure I speak for millions of parents out there: they want to see that change in their community. We’re tired of seeing young people die to the hands of violence. Not enough is being done about it. This gave me an opportunity and a platform to speak my mind in support of this particular initiative. Because I feel like it is very important for us to stop this ongoing trend of violence in the lives of our young people across the country. SLAM

April 3, 2012 Updates
March 28, 2012 Updates

"I've replayed that situation over and over in my mind and I wouldn't have done anything differently." Those were the words of Pistons guard Will Bynum, referring to the tragedy and subsequent controversy surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last month. Bynum, who grew up in one of the roughest parts of Chicago, put himself in Martin's place, and can't fathom all that was going through his mind as Martin, unarmed, was being followed through a suburban neighborhood by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader. "If (Zimmerman) has a gun, everything stops, he has the upper hand," Bynum said. "It's difficult for me to think this is self-defense." Detroit News

Martin was wearing a hoodie, which prompted Miami Heat players to take a photo wearing hoodies in support of the teen. "I think they (Heat players) speak for more than just the NBA family," Pistons center Greg Monroe said. "I think they speak for a nation, for communities everywhere. This country is founded on 'justice will always be served,' and that's not what's happening here." "If you killed an unarmed kid who's just walking through a neighborhood, you should be put in jail. … You can't justify it." Detroit News

"We are millionaires, but these kids come from the same neighborhoods we walked — or worse," Monroe said. "And we see the same news everybody sees. When we turn on CNN, we don't have a special CNN channel. When we get pulled over, there's no special millionaire cops. We're just paid to play basketball." Monroe, who isn't the most vocal person, felt the need to bring up other aspects that haven't been spoken about, wondering what kind of history Zimmerman has that hasn't yet been reported. "This isn't a regular guy, this is supposedly neighborhood watch, who has an outlook like this," he said. "It opens the door to a lot of other stuff because he has that outlook." Detroit News

March 26, 2012 Updates

The father of the unarmed black teen whose killing has sparked widespread outrage said Sunday night that he and his family have been overwhelmed by sports stars such as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James speaking out about the case. In an interview with The Associated Press, Tracy Martin thanked the NBA's Miami Heat for "taking notice" of the killing. Martin is the father of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self- defense and has not been arrested. ESPN.com

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