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Wade posts picture of himself in hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin

Mar 23, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

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The photo you see to the right is from Dwyane Wade’s Facebook page, a picture of him in a hoodie in support of the Trayvon Martin case.

That shooting in Florida has sparked national debate and interest. Martin, a black 17-year-old man, was unarmed when he was shot and killed in a confrontation with neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, (outside Orlando and about four hours from Miami). Martin was returning to his father’s place, wearing a hoodie, when the confrontation took place and he was shot. Zimmerman has claimed the shooting was in self defense and has not been charged under the state’s “stand your ground” laws.

The incident has sparked debate about that law, racial profiling and more. Wade told our own Ira Winderman he could no longer keep silent.

In today’s world of international branding and marketing of players, you rarely see guys jump in on any political issue, especially one that is controversial at all. That started all the way back with Michael Jordan and carries through today’s stars. This is the first time Wade has made such a statement. I wish we would see more of him and other athletes willing to be themselves in a more public way.

  1. gallaghedj311 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Self appointed neighborhood watch captain. There were conflicting 911 calls that led most to believe the local police covered this up for the shooter.

    It’s total BS. Trayvons dad said it best. If his son had shot and killed someone, they wouldn’t wait 3 weeks to arrest him.

    Hate crime is written all over this.

  2. koufaxmitzvah - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Stand Your Ground laws will ruin society. 14 states have them, and the NRA is pushing for one in every single state.

    The NRA is a menace. I’ve got some really bad things to say about Wayne LaPierre, the least of which is that I hope you gets a taste of the medicine that gunshot victims and their families around the country have had to deal with because of his POS shoddy organization.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      *you/his. Whatever. Wayne LaPierre = Devil

  3. harango - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Hey Kurt, since when is a 17 year old a man? Last time I checked that was still a teenager!? Zimmerman needs to go to jail.

  4. daubs17 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    wade is so fake its unreal. had this been a white dude shooting a white teenager to death, or better yet a black dude shooting a white teen to death i seriously doubt wade would have a picture like this up claiming “support”. yet its “not about race, color”. Ok DWYANE.

  5. sensefield79 - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Florida has to be one of the worse States when it comes to brutal deaths of kids

  6. asublimeday - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I think its actually bad for a cause whenever the Miami Heat get involved.

  7. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    What’s the debate?

  8. adzs93 - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    The 911 recordings where you here Martin screaming for help are really chilling…I’d recmmend anyone whos interested to visit this page and watch the links related to the case…then tell me this wasn’t a racially provoked/aggravated attack..The guy made no less than 3 prior calls reporting on ”suspicious” black boys who fit the profile of burglers because they were wearing shorts and hoodies! Needs to be behind bars…

    http://www.youtube.com/user/nizzyd

  9. jagrbomb18 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Why is this basketball news….

  10. eagles512 - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    You want more athletes making a stand? You mean you want more athletes making a stand on something where they do not know the facts? Not sure where I stand on this yet, but unlike Wade and most people, I’ll wait to hear the facts before taking a stance.

    • david8726 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      There are more than enough facts available to know that this man should have been arrested and charged.

      The 911 tape of the boy screaming for help before a gun shot.

      The fact that he was obsessed with crime, having called the police for one thing or another more than 40 times since the start of the year.

      The fact that the boy had nothing but skittles and iced tea with him.

      The fact that Zimmerman pursued Martin when told not to by police.

      Now you tell me, sir – How could any reasonable person believe that those AREN’T enough facts for an arrest to happen? And what facts do YOU have that contradict what I’ve just listed here?

    • africanballer - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      if you have nothing to say keep your mouth shut

      • berbes - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        let’s reel in the hate, af. he said he’ll wait until all the facts are known. nothing wrong with that, is there?

  11. tibbs7 - Mar 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    The problem I have here is that Wade is doing this stunt to put himself in a positive light. He knows the numbers are with him. Now if it was black on black crime where is he? What about the issue of 70% of all blacks come into the world in the US with a single parent? Try tackling those issues. Now that could make a difference.

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