In an interview with The Associated Press, Tracy Martin thanked the NBA’s Miami Heat for “taking notice” of his son, Trayvon Martin’s passing.
“I saw a post that D-Wade had saying, ‘I am Trayvon Martin,’ ” Tracy Martin said. “To see all these athletes put Trayvon in the same sentence with them, it feels real good. Trayvon was an excellent athlete and if he could hear them saying his name, he would be so moved by it.”
On Friday, James tweeted a photo of 13 Heat players wearing black hoodies and later than night he wore shoes that read “RIP Trayvon Martin” during a game against the Detroit Pinstons.
“These athletes are saying, ‘It’s not about who I am. It’s about right and wrong,” Tracy Martin said. “It’s like everybody’s taking notice. The Miami Heat came out in their hoodies, and that’s just saying, ‘We are people, we have hearts, we have feelings, we have emotions.’ That’s a warm feeling. The sports world has embraced this big-time.”
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, Michigan, March 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)