Trayvon Martin Rumors
“I mean, that’s ridiculous,” JR Smith said. “Stephen A. said that me wearing my hoodie on the bench makes white people remember Trayvon Martin. For one, they should remember him. Everybody should remember him. But for two, I’ve always worn a hoodie. I used to wear my hoodie in New York. To bring race into that and for me, out of all people, why would you bring me into it? I have nothing to do with it,” JR Smith said. “I could see if you want to critique me on my playing, but don’t do that. That’s ridiculous.”
“Times have changed,” James explained one afternoon this past April, when I met him in the visitors’ clubhouse at Denver’s Pepsi Center, just over the highway from the site of Abdul-Rauf’s all-but-forgotten protest. “Athletes feel like there’s more than just sports.” With James leading the charge, some of the league’s larger personalities have been moving steadily toward the frontier of activism. In 2012, he and his Miami Heat teammates posted a picture on social media that showed them wearing hoodies, with their heads bowed and their hands in their pockets. It was a symbolic reminder of Trayvon Martin, who’d been gunned down by a neighborhood-watch volunteer in Florida one month earlier.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he regrets using the word “hoodie’’ during a recent interview with Inc. Magazine. Among other things, Cuban told the magazine that he would cross the street late at night if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie, of a white kid with a bunch of tattoos. In an interview with TNT prior to Tuesday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban said: “I wouldn’t use the same example — that was a mistake. But I don’t regret a single thing that I said; I stand behind it 100 percent. “Other than the examples I would say the exact same thing over again. I’m proud of the fact that it started a discussion on racism, I’m proud of the fact that it created this firestorm and got people thinking about themselves and how they approach it. I would do it again and I hope I get the chance to have this conversation many times.’’
Cuban said he apologized to the family of teenager Trayvon Martin for the “hoodie’’ remark. Martin was killed in February of 2012 while he was wearing a hoodie as he walked through a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. “The reason I apologized is because I’ve met and spent time with his family and when I said it I hadn’t considered that they might have to deal with all the media onslaught, and that’s not fair to them,’’ Cuban said. “I know his brother, I tried to hire his brother, he’s a super smart kid and he’s going to do amazing things. “I hadn’t considered the Martins, and I felt bad for that and so for that reason I owed them an apology. And let me be clear, no one asked me to apologize. I did it voluntarily because I made a mistake as far as the Martin family is concerned.’’
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin’s family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice. Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level. But after his words — which came with the NBA still dealing with the fallout over racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — created a stir in social media and other circles, Cuban took to Twitter to offer his apology. “In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”