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Professional athletes react to Zimmerman verdict

Professional athletes react to Zimmerman verdict

POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:46am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:22pm

A trial that captivated the nation came to an end on Saturday evening as George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.

After the verdict was announced, professional athletes from across the spectrum took to social media to express their views on the verdict that seemed to shock most of the country,

Golden State Warriors guard, Stephen Curry tweeted, "Watched a lot of the case...though manslaughter was a definite! Thinking about everyone involved especially the Martin family."

The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, expressed his feelings as a parent through a message on Twitter stating, "Wow!!! Stunned!!! Saddened as a father!!! Some1 make sense of this verdict for me right now please!!! Don't worry I'll wait..."

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul expressed his sympathies for the Martin family, "WoW!!! Prayers out to the Martin family..."

Also from the Clippers. Jared Dudley brought to light another high-profile case that happened in Florida, " Between Casey Anthony and Zimmerman the state of Florida is looking real bad!"

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins vented to the world stating the American justice system was a joke via Twitter.

Perhaps the most notable tweet of the night, came from Atlanta Falcons receiver, Roddy White. White tweeted out to his 163,390 followers, "All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid." White apologized for his tweet Sunday morning tweeting, "I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry."

In a case that is sure to take its place in American history, social media played a major role in spreading opinions faster than ever and letting voices be heard, not only throughout the United States, but also worldwide.


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Professional athletes, more like racists that are way overpaid for playing games. Blacks are more racist today than whites were in the slavery days. And it shows. The way the blacks of this nation are acting no black person is guilty of anything, they were set up. Get real people, how are we all going to live together if you keep on acting like kids. We are all in the same boat no matter what color and our government is our biggest enemy, not each other.

I believe this is a politically motivated media frenzy to take peoples minds off what the government is doing.

I have to admit that i am fed up with all the press this case is getting. It's sad when anyone dies through any violent act. however, I have to ask the question, How much press would this get had Travon Martin brutally beat up and killer George Zimmerman? The answer to that question is very simple. It might have been mentioned on the front page of the local paper and maybe a 15 second spot on the six o'clock news of a local TV station.

look i'mu going to call it like i see it. first off no i don't agree with the fact that martin died. second under the circumstances i do feel that the jury was right in finding zimmerman not guilty. if i were allowed to carry a gun and were in his situation i may have shot that kid as well but i would have shot to wound. people panic in situations and don't think clearly, and that is what i feel happened here.

Professional athletes?

You mean the ones that go drunk driving, snort cocaine, pack illegal guns, take steroids, and kill people on the streets with their fast cars?


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