POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:22pm
Tyler, Texs (KETK) — 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.