Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade is not one known to venture into controversial topics often, but Friday, Wade addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting on Twitter.
Wade changed his Twitter avatar, or picture, to a shot of himself in a hooded sweatshirt, or hoodie. He also used the hashtags hoodies, stereotype, trayvonmartin in the post with the photo.
“This situation hit home for me because last Christmas, all my oldest son wanted as a gift was hoodies,” said Wade, who has a 10 and 14-year old son. “So when I heard about this a week ago, I thought of my sons. I’m speaking up because I feel it’s necessary that we get past the stereotype of young, black men and especially with our youth.”
A little after 1:30 p.m, the entire Miami Heat team followed suit and posted a picture of the team in hoodies.
The team picture was released on LeBron James’ Twitter account with the hashtag, #WeAreTrayvonMartin.
The use of a hoodie was a reference to what Trayvon Martih, 17, was wearing when he was gunned down in a Sanford neighborhood by a neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman.
There have been no charges against Zimmerman yet, but the Sanford Police chief has stepped down temporarily and a new prosecutor was named to the case by Governor Rick Scott Thursday night.
Wade had started addressing the Trayvon Martin case Thursday evening when he began retweeting comments from CNN commentator Roland Martin.
“You don’t think your voice matter? 1,354,645 have signed the change.org petition demanding justice for Trayvon Martin,” Martin tweeted, which Wade retweeted. “But the Trayvon Martin case is NOT over. Keep pushing. Keep prodding. Keep planning. Keep protesting. Justice is not an overnight thing!”
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