Before their Saturday night game against the Washington Wizards the team held a moment of silence and certain players had their children stand with them during the national anthem. A number of Heat players were accompanied by their children. This is the second time the Heat’s stars honored the loss of life. In March before a game against the Detroit Pistons the team posed for a group photo wearing black sweatshirts with their hoods on in remembrance of Trayvon Martin.
LeBron James tweeted multiple times about the tragedy Friday after hearing the news. Dwyane Wade and James both were all for the Heat’s pregame moment of silence. Wade was the mastermind of the decision.
” I just said that I wanted my boys with me out there,” Wade said. “It takes one guy to say something, and the whole team is with it. It was a team decision to do it. We just appreciate that we have the opportunity to do that. So many families here today, they don’t have the opportunity to wake up to their kids. So it was just our decision.”
Miami players are comfortable with taking stances on national incidents and understand they can use their platform to do so.
“No one is coming to us and saying, ‘Hey guys, you should do this,’” James told ESPN.com during a private moment after Saturday’s game when asked what motivated the team’s action. “It’s not even a second-guess for us. As soon as I saw (the news Friday), I felt it, and I went right into it. We all have a feeling about it, and we aren’t afraid to do something about it. We don’t have any problem with it. We have zero problem going out on any front and letting our voices be heard on situations that are unjust or aren’t right.”
“We’re in weird positions sometimes,” Chris Bosh said. “A lot of kids watch us. A lot of people follow what we do. Sometimes, you’re able to speak on something and try to make something that’s negative and try to turn it into a positive thing. You’re just saying, ‘We’re aware of this. And we’re going to stand for something.’ You don’t have to do much. You can tweet a photo or something like that and it can have a good impact.”