NBA — 24 March 2012
NBPA Releases Statement About Trayvon Martin’s Killing

Yeterday, the Miami Heat earned enormous respect with their team photo and began the trend where many have changed their Twitter or Facebook pic to one of them donning a hoodie. Now, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has released a statement about Trayvon Martin’s senseless killing. I don’t think I can recall a situation outside of sports that was able to permeate into sports the way this has. I’ve never been more proud to be a lifelong NBA junkie than I am now as result of the way this sad situation has impacted the League. Here’s the statement that was released:

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) offers its condolences to the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin in their time of need. The NBPA is saddened and horrified by the tragic murder of Mr. Martin and joins in the chorus of calls from across the nation for the prompt arrest of George Zimmerman. The reported facts surrounding Mr. Zimmerman’s actions indicate a callous disregard for Mr. Martin’s young life and necessitate that he stand trial. The NBPA also calls for the permanent resignation of Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee and a full review of the Sanford Police Department, for dereliction of duty and racial bias in this matter and others. Their silence in the face of this injustice is reprehensible and they cannot be trusted to safe guard the citizens of the Sanford community equally. The NBPA seeks to ensure that Trayvon Martin’s murder not go unpunished and the elimination of the injustices suffered by the innocent.

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