Photo: Miami Heat Protesting the Trayvon Martin Killing

By Bryan Lutz

If you haven’t been living under a rock the past week, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Trayvon Martin case. Well, now, the Miami Heat are doing their best to bring more awareness to the unfortuante incident by taking a team picture with their hoodies on.

LeBron James tweeted the photo with the hastags of #WeAreTrayvonMartin, #Hoodies, #Stereotyped, and #WeWantJustice.

The significance behind the photo is because on February 26, a man by the name of George Zimmerman, called 911 repeatably to report Martin’s “suspicious behavior”. Zimmerman claimed there was “a guy who was up to no good” loitering around the neighborhood with a hooded sweatshirt on. Of course, whenever someone has their hood up on a rainy night, they are always up to no good /sarcasm.

Long story short, since I’m sure most of you have heard the case by now, Zimmerman chased down Martin – ignoring the requests from the 911 operators – creating an altercation that ended with Zimmerman shooting Martin to death.

No need to divulge anymore into the story on a sports website, so I will pontificate about the Heat’s decision to publicly protest.

I always think it’s interesting when athletes – let alone whole entire teams – make a social or political statement. Considering that the Heat are without a doubt Miami’s most popular team, I’m sure this picture will add more fuel to the fire to the people that are protesting the case. However, on the other side of the coin, should professional athletes/teams put their hands in the political cookie jar? Is it opening up a Pandora’s Box of scrutiny?

Needless to say, of all the teams that aren’t shy of putting themselves in the spotlight, the Miami Heat would be best suited to handle it.

Feel free to share your take on the matter, considering I’m pretty neutral on the whole thing.


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