The Miami Heat have come together to support a political cause — voicing their support for the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, the Heat have posed together in hooded sweatshirts, making a profound point about racial stereotypes in America.
LeBron James tweeted the photo today — the Heat star and his teammates posed with hoodies on, their hands in their pockets and heads down, mimicking the posture of Martin, the 17-year-old boy shot and killed a month ago by neighborhood-watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense; the Heat have argued that the black teenager was unfairly stereotyped.
James’ teammate Dwyane Wade told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that not only does the Martin incident offend him as a black man, but it hits him as a father as well.
“No matter what color, race, we’re all fathers,” Wade said. “When you think about what that family’s going through, it hits you hard, and it hurts your heart to think about it. Just anything you can do — obviously we can’t bring him back, but anything you can do to get behind and support is what we’re doing.”
The Heat as a team also released a statement about Martin, who was killed in nearby Sanford, Fla.
“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 statement read. “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.”