The Miami Heat put on a display of team unity by posing for a picture supporting Trayvon Martin, who was a teenager shot and killed in Sanford, Florida.
On February 26th, Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. He was unarmed. He was also wearing a hoodie. That was the inspiration for the Heat's tribute. They posed for a picture while all wearing a black hoodie over their bowed heads.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra added this on the subject in an article by ESPN.com:
It really is a tragic story. And the more you learn about it, the more confused you get.
ESPN reports that:
Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla., as he was returning to a gated community, carrying candy and iced tea. A neighborhood crime-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, said he acted in self-defense and has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are investigating.
Display of Team Unity
In today's world of professional sports, it is hard to find a team that will do anything unified. That is especially true for a team with such dynamic superstar personalities like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
The Heat are proving that massive personalities aside, they can be completely unified, and that is thanks in large part to the men with the personalities.
ESPN reported that Wade and James put together the plan for the statement after "the two NBA stars spent several days talking about the case, gathering information and deciding how to make a statement."
The only Heat player not in the picture was Mike Miller, but he was not with the team as they are on the road and he was not with them while recovering from injury.
This picture is not just a powerful message for the case, but also for the fact that the Miami Heat are all on the same page.