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LeBron, Wade honor Trayvon Martin on their shoes

Mar 26, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade wears "We Want Justice" on his shoe in tribute to slain 17-year-old-Trayvon Martin during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit Reuters

The Miami Heat have leapt headlong into the Trayvon Martin situation, with statements from players and photos from the team.

The latest step along those lines came with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade writing “RIP Trayvon Martin” on their shoes for games against Detroit and Oklahoma City. Wade also wrote “We Want Justice” on his. You can see a photo from last Friday night to the right (SLAM has a slideshow if you want more).

The Martin case — an unarmed black youth shot in a gated community in Florida while walking back to his father’s home by a neighborhood watch captain — has sparked national interest and debate.

While some players have spoken out (and the NBA players union has issued a statement calling for justice in the case) no team has been more visible than the Heat.

  1. kpow55 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    There are only 2 people that truly know what happened and 1 of them is dead. Maybe one was a racist, maybe the other was a violent nut, who knows? Not you, not me.

    Enough of the fake outrage to position yourself within it’s realm, people act like they went to lunch with these 2 the day before and thoroughly know what was in either’s heart.

    There were over 100 murders that day throughout the US, and just like all of those, the courts will sort it out and short of people that actually truly knew the 2, it will be forgotten within a month.

    Enough of this “race” stuff …. it’s ridiculous, I wasn’t a slave, you weren’t in a concentration camp…… it’s 2012, quit blaming the past on your personal short comings today.

    When is the movement going to start to remove all the race hyphenation, mexi-amerian, afro-american, etc… and let everyone just be Americans?

    • blueintown - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      The input is apprectiated, Speaker Gingrich.

      • blueintown - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        damn. *appreciated.

    • david8726 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Trying to act like race isn’t a factor in American society today is just naive. We are less than 70 years removed from full fledged institutionalized racism in this country. Do you really think that it’s completely gone? Of course not. We have come a very long way, but bigotry still exists.

      The fact of the matter is that if a black man had shot a white boy to death and the white boy was unarmed, there is no circumstance under which he would not have been arrested or at least thoroughly investigated.

      The issue here is that the police completely botched the investigation. They made no effort to find out what really happened. That would have NEVER happened had a white boy lay dead at the hands of a black man.

      You calling the outrage about this “fake” only proves that you are uninformed about the facts of the case.

      • kalooz - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        This drives me absolutely bonkers. You do know that the guy that did the shooting is Hispanic right? Hispanic. Not white. This was not a ‘white boy’ against a ‘black man’.

        How does one use this line: “You calling the outrage about this “fake” only proves that you are uninformed about the facts of the case.”

        And then completely botch the facts yourself.

        And please….before you even start typing “He was a White-Hispanic” – Stop. Seriously. Don’t. I will blast that arguement right out of the water.

      • kalooz - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM


      • david8726 - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        I never said that he was white. I know darn well that he’s Hispanic. I’ve read all the literature that I can get my hands on related to this case.

        I was using the white boy VS black man example to show an obvious truth – There *IS* a double standard in this country when it comes to how people of different races are treated in various situations. It still exists.

        Unarmed white person dead = proper investigation every time by the police. Black or hispanic person dead = maybe no a proper investigation every time, as this case illustrated.

        Also, surely you realize that white people aren’t the only people capable of racial profiling, right? It doesn’t matter that this guy was Hispanic. A hispanic is capable of looking at a black person in a hoodie and profiling him just like a white person.

      • broncos81 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Do you even know the facts of the case? Or are you just going to completely ignore the fact that eye witnesses say trayvon on top of zimmerman and beating his head against the sidewalk. Oh and the facts of the case comply with what the eye witness saw.

    • ashlyne88 - Mar 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Lets just put it this way if zimmerman reminds a free man it will start a riot but you right we dont know what happen but face it and he should want to be arrested because his life if on the line.. so if the police where smart they would have arrest him are people will be getting ready for a riot

  2. perryplayer1 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Maybe if they wouldve cared about OKC last night as much as they do about this story they wouldnt have gotten blown out!

  3. reverend5150 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    wow, what an honor….you wrote somthing on your freaking shoes, BIG DEAL!

  4. boilerup1869 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    We all know how well LeBron handles topic’s that are squarely in the public eye, so let’s agree to take his words and actions with a grain of salt.

  5. metalhead65 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    funny how they want justice but aren’t willing to wait until all the facts are in before passing judgement. at first glance it does seem outrageous but what about the witness who saw them fighting before he was shot. what about the scratches on the face of the guy who shot him? or grass stains on the back of the shooters shirt show h had been on the ground. or what about the shouts for help that were heard before the gunfire? nope we don’t care about that he is guilty of murder because heat players say so.

  6. bhester1906 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    What an ignorant thing to say kpow55

    • kpow55 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Call it ignorant, thumb it down, anything, the facts are:

      – There are people out there that refuse to view any minority as a true American

      – There are minorities out there that play on their victim status and don’t want to relinquish it.

      – I have to check a box on every government form that states my race, is there a reason we’ve been a country for hundreds of years and they still want to segregate and track us?

      – There are those out there that just want to insert themselves and be a part of any hot story, RIP Whitney, OMG Sheen is nuts, etc… like the now them are or more intouch as they beat everyone else to a FB post.

      – Sitting in your cube wearing your rubber bracelet, wearing a hoodie to work may all make you feel great about yourself by getting by on the minimal effort but causes no real change.

      – The news is fickle and will be on to Iraq, Lohan, something new by next Wednesday.

      – 95% of Americans are probably good people

      – This is a basketball forum and not Fox/MSNBC and I’ll move on.

  7. asublimeday - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I’m sure the justice system is really paying attention to this.

    What’s their goal? Start a riot? I agree this is an injustice, but encourage fans to do something productive. “write your congressman, etc”

  8. asublimeday - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Encourage fans to have a peaceful protest or write their congressman. Writing on your shoes does nothing.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Except bring light to it. I guess you missed the point.

    • david8726 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Writing on your shoes brings media attention to the issue, which helps more people learn about the issue, which causes more people to write their congressmen and protest peacefully.

      • kalooz - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        I would seriously hope that you weren’t waiting to write your Congressman, until you saw what Dwayne Wade wrote on his kicks.

  9. troy10 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    My comment is not related to the death of Trayvon. We can all agree that what happened is very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Having said that… do Lebron and DWade ever have a thought of their own?? It’s like they’re sharing the same mind. You never hear of “Lebron doing this or that” or “Wade doing this or that”.. it’s always “Lebron AND Wade”. Are they individuals.. or are they just basically the same person. And before you jump on me and say it’s for a good reason… I agree.. I already acknowledged that… but I’m not just talking about this one thing.. it’s everything with them.
    AND.. are they going to do this for the Hispanic kid that gets killed in California.. or the white kid that gets killed in Chicago?? Or is this them just taking advantage of a good PR move?? You know.. get behind a well publicized case in which there is already a strong public opinion.. one in which they won’t clash with.

    • southbeachtalent - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      It was the whole team, not just LeBron and Wade.

      This kid was from Miami that’s why the MIAMI Heat are the ones bringing this to light.

      Don’t let the hate blind you.

  10. southbeachtalent - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    I expected these types of response on here. Same pathetic posters hating on anything and everything Heat. Get a life fellas.

  11. bearsstillsuck - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I couldn’t of said it better myself kpow55

  12. rodge1 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Haters will always find a way to hate, even when the topic is a positive article written about them. Shows either jealousy or plain sadness about their own lives. Give it a rest for the sake of the kid’s family. You haters are so sad. Be thankful something like this hasn’t affected your family. Go home and hug your kids. And if it has happened to you then my heart goes out to you and your family.

  13. david8726 - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Good job by the whole Heat organization.

    It’s very rare that athletes ever speak out about social issues. Too many athletes act like Tiger or Jordan and refuse to ever say anything about the real world.

    I admire athletes like Ali, Jim Brown, Kareem, and others who used their position of celebrity to bring attention to social injustices and other issues that need attention.

    Wade and LeBron’s act is small, but is very welcome in today’s world where so few athletes are willing to speak out about anything.

  14. chilomane - Mar 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    don’t you were a band-aid for this under one of your eyes?

  15. tibbs7 - Mar 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    The problem I have here is that Wade and Lebron are doing this stunt to put themselves in a positive light. They knows the numbers are with them. Now if it was black on black crime where are they? 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.

  16. losangelasbasketball - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    If you wear a pink ballerina costume in a biker bar…. your going to get your ass kicked(no way around it)…. similarly, there are other places that can result badly for you depending on what you wear…. i feel bad for the kid… but sadly nobody informed him that a wardrobe choice can result in bad things…

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      A hoodie? Really? I have a couple and so do a lot of people. Wearing a hoodie alone is not asking for trouble.

      • losangelasbasketball - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        agreed… wear them all the time too…

  17. fotydaze - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    The guy’s name is Zimmerman, he may be mixed with Hispanic but that is not an Hispanic last name, funny how if a person is mixed, his negative actions point to non whiteness, but when they do something positive their whiteness is the reason, for you other idiots who say we don’t know what happened, we know this, a young man is dead by the hands of a man that was told not to follow him by the 911 operator and the police have done nothing, having a teenage son myself, I find this inexcusable and you should too, a boy is dead for walking in a neighborhood and know one should lose his life for that!!!

    • broncos81 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      It is also inexcusable to attack a man, punch him in the face and beat his head against the sidewalk because he is following you. That is also inexcusable. It is also inexcusable to use 5 year old pictures of the “victim”, to make him seem like a young kid and paint zimmerman in a completely biased light.

  18. gmsingh - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    LeBron wants Justice? Is there a point guard in the league named “Justice” that I haven’t heard about?

    • dexterismyhero - Mar 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      The Pacers kicked their ass. There’s some justice.

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