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Carmelo Anthony hosts Trayvon Martin family in New York

Apr 14, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony was one of a number of NBA players to come out in support of the family of Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of his shooting death. And ESPN NY reports that when Martins’s family visited Madison Square Garden, Anthony went the extra mile for them.

Anthony met privately in the Knicks’ locker room with the family and posed for pictures before New York’s 103-65 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Fearing additional media attention, the family did not stay for the game.

Anthony said Martin’s death struck a bigger chord with him because it made him reflect on the passing of his sister, Michelle, who died from a pre-existing medical condition in December 2010. Anthony now remembers Michelle while he’s playing by having her name stitched on to his sneakers.

“(It was) a blessing, an honor,” Anthony said after Knicks’ practice on Saturday morning in regards to meeting the Martin family. “We all know the tragedy that happened and just to get in a different space of mind right now, just bringing them to not even the game, but to the locker room in the back, meeting all the players, meeting the coaches. That was the easy part. We had no media there. It was just something that I wanted to do.”

via Carmelo Anthony of New York Knicks welcomes family of Trayvon Martin to Madison Square Garden – ESPN New York.

It’s a genuinely touching gesture from the Knicks’ star, regardless of your personal position on the circumstances surround the death of the 17-year-old in Florida in February during the All-Star Weekend. The family lost a 17-year-old brother and son, and while there aer many people waking up to that same nightmare tomorrow, anything Anthony can do to bring a measure of comfort or joy to their lives is worth doing.

We forget in the talk about Anthony’s resistance to Mike D’Antoni and shot selection how difficult the past two years have been for him personally considering the loss of his sister. It’s a reminder that death touches everyone, and leaves its mark months later. If nothing else, the short life of Martin lets us know that time does not heal all wounds, for his family, or the world that considers his death unjust.

  1. 700levelvet - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    “we had no media there”…..He tells, well the media…..What a crock….

  2. clutchingpoochie - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The headline reads CARMELO ANTHONY HOSTS TRAYVON MARTIN FAMILY IN NEW YORK. Matt Moore, the writer, implies that Anthony did something benevolent for the family. This is not so, all Anthony did was use the Martin family for crass exploitation. Anthony seized upon the current media uproar over the tragic death of Trayvon Martin to direct some of those luscious headlines his way. Anthony is nothing but a wealthy jock wanting to raise his celebrity status. The headline suggests Anthony hosted the family. No, he did not invite them into his home; they were brought to his locker room. This is what I see, come on Martin family, let me use you for a few moments I want to trick my fans into believing I am a compassionate human being, said the spider to the fly. Disgusting.

  3. rickb56 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Gotta hand it to “Anthony Carmelo”…that alone got me laughing.

    I think back a few weeks ago when Obama openly stated: ” Trayvon Williams looks like my son”…I couldnt help but notice how fast that got swept under the rug… the staff at the White House had to be thinking, has Obama lost his mind? what a HUGE mistake on Obama’s part…to open his mouth.

    As far as Anthony Carmelo..(i’m still laughing)…maybe just looking for media attention.

    And yes, as the typical guy or gal on the street can figure out…its not about crime, its about race.

  4. Wayne - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I bet in the time it took to write this article, at least 5 kids were killed down in the Pork and Beans and nobody cared. No call from the President, no NBA stars, nothing.

    • lakerdownunder - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:18 AM

      sadly you’re probably right but maybe this will shed some focus on this issue overall. You must admit that this has placed an incredible focus on some major issues

      • Wayne - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        The only thing the issue focuses on in is a black person was killed by a non-black person. Unfortunately, this happens all the time too. If the kid was shot and killed by a black person, this would be a non event, however sad that may sound.

  5. rabbdogg - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    que all the real racist calling mello racist…lol@ u idiots…oh yeah p.s. FRY ZIMMERMAN..hes a murderer

  6. snotienose - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Wish I could get on that jury, not guilty or a hung jury for sure if I’m on it. You can’t change my mind when I’m on a jury.

  7. seanb20124 - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I remember when TMAC reached out to that sniper kid a couple of years ago. It was cool to see someone give back

  8. whydoyoucaresomuch - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    A bunch of middle aged to old white men on here crying about a half black man consoling a black family after the death of their child. Your a plague on society and pathetic at best. So terrified of diversity, but guess what, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians, Blacks, and Women are becoming the new majority, So I suggest you either move with the times like the rest of America or be silent because you stupidity is showing…………. Nothing new here just a bunch of scared white men

    • lakerdownunder - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      I am white, middle aged (and bald to go with it)…please exclude me from the abhorrent group you mention above. The last thing I need is to be grouped in with the bigots mentioned.

      ps/ Although you may want to be a little careful…it may not be racist but grouping people by the description above has the same effect. Broad generalisations don’t help anyone.

  9. rabbdogg - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    que all the “real” racist calling mello racist…

  10. rabbdogg - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    que all the real racist chiming in for poor little gun toating george zimmerman..yeah poor little georgie only had 10years and 80 pounds on big bad trayvon..yeah to the racists george was the victim..poor little tink tink

  11. dirtybird2020 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Its not racist its true, if this were a white family going going through that not one of these players would give a time or day, thats just the way it is i guess, kinda messed up but its a reality we got to deal with, the closest thing to reaching out to a white person would be lebron asking nash to join for close to nothing to give him MORE help! If you dont feel sorry for that family and what happened your not human, but if a black man pulled the trigger it wouldnt even be a huge deal, thats whats sad, im not racist but lets all keep it real! One thing that was good sign in this racism in our country is when we all stuck together when katrina came, and bush is racist as heck, its funny we can have food and water shipped and distributed in a day to afghan people but our own people sit on roofs begging for water for 3 days thats keeping it real! Bush is a racist

  12. dirtybird2020 - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Whats even crazier than racism today is slavery today of all races, there over 26 million slaves in the world today if that isnt a step backwards i dont know what is, keeping it real

  13. xelcid - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Dirtybird20, you act as if white deaths and tragedy don’t take over the media. Natalie Holloway? Casey Anthony trial? Elizabeth Smart? The list goes on. You are falsely making the media’s coverage of Trayvon’s death about race. It’s about ratings. The media is willing to exploit any message to get ratings, and by extension money. In your pursuit to keep it real, you are deluding yourself to the issue at hand. It’s not reverse racism, its an issue of greed. Its not even limited to human (Barbaro’s death? That was on the news for two weeks!)

    And to anyone with the argument “Why didn’t he do it for so and so” Instead of critiquing someone for showing compassion, you should look yourself in the mirror and ask why YOU aren’t advocating for something that supposedly seems worthy to you.

    We all choose our battles, you can’t fight all of them all the time.

  14. lionsdetroitcom - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    I think that was a great gesture towards a hurting family, good stuff Carmelo.

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