Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s family

mark-cubanMark Cuban has taken a ton of heat for the remarks he made at a conference in Nashville this week about his personal prejudices. For the most part, the Dallas Mavericks owner has stood by his remarks and urged people to listen to the entire interview rather than analyzing snippets. But, on Thursday evening, Cuban decided to apologize to the family of Trayvon Martin.

One of the examples Cuban used about how he is “bigoted” in certain ways is that he would probably walk to the other side of the street if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie late at night. He said he’d do the same if he saw a bald white guy covered in tattoos. As most of you know, a hoodie became a symbol for why Martin was shot and killed.

“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview.

“I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it.”

You can read exchanges that Cuban had with a bunch of other people, including Jalen Rose and Bomani Jones, on his Twitter page.

Ultimately, many people are missing Cuban’s point. They’re focusing on the examples rather than the honesty and the message. Anyone who says they have never looked at someone and jumped to conclusions based on their appearance is lying. It’s simply human nature, and because of that we are all prejudiced in our own ways. Understanding that and making an effort to counter it — in your own mind — is important.

Dwyane Wade on cover of Ebony Magazine, sons wearing Trayvon Martin hoodies

Dwyane Wade Ebony Magazine cover

The September issue of Ebony Magazine aims to honor Trayvon Martin and keep the conversation of race in America alive, according to Huffington Post. The magazine has four different covers for the issue, including one featuring Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, and his two sons. Wade’s sons Zaire and Zion are both wearing gray hoodies in the photo, which is what Martin was wearing when he was killed during an alleged struggle with George Zimmerman.

“It was a pleasure to stand with my 2boys on this issue for Trayvon Martin. #Wearetrayvon #standforwhatyoubelievein” Wade wrote on Instagram.

The headline “We Are Trayvon,” is featured on all four covers. One cover features Martin’s family, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their son Jahvaris Fulton; movie director Spike Lee and his son Jackson; and actor Boris Kodjoe and his son Nicolas, in addition to Wade and his sons.

The Miami Heat were one of the first groups from the sports world to bring attention to the case. The entire team posed for a photo in March — less than a month after the shooting — with the players all wearing hoodies.

Since Wade and the Heat have expressed their thoughts on the matter, I’ll share mine. I think Ebony Magazine and others have acted wrongly by turning the case into a racial issue, which plays on the emotions of the masses. I don’t believe Trayvon Martin was racially profiled nor killed because he is black. I think Zimmerman, despite being a neighborhood watch leader in a community full of problems, went too far in following Martin after calling police, and that the death could have easily been avoided. Based on Zimmerman’s injuries and statements, I don’t think Martin was an innocent victim in their struggle. I think there was enough doubt in the case to acquit Zimmerman, and I think the verdict was more of a reflection of the legal system than whether or not Zimmerman was wrong.

I think it’s terrible that a young man was shot and killed in a struggle. I feel terribly for his family. But I don’t think this case should have been turned into a racial issue. I honestly have serious doubts about how much research people like Wade, Roddy White, and Victor Cruz put into the case before voicing their opinions. I think they were told that a 17-year-old kid went to the store to buy some snacks, was racially profiled as he was walking home because he was wearing a hoodie, then got shot by a white guy for not reason. Who wouldn’t be pissed after being told that story? The problem is the case wasn’t that simple.

Charles Barkley believes right decision was made in George Zimmerman trial

Charles-BarkleyThe George Zimmerman verdict has been the most controversial topic in America over the past week since the Florida man was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Several powerful figures from the sports world have voiced their opinions on the matter, with most of them bashing the legal system and ripping the jury.

Charles Barkley took a different approach on Thursday. During an appearance on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” Barkley said he agrees with the verdict and that the media has a “hidden agenda” and are using the case as an avenue to discuss racism.

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Miami Heat take team photo wearing hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin (Photo)

The Trayvon Martin tragedy has become a prominent national news story, and the Miami Heat expressed their solidarity for the slain teenager by taking the above photo with their hoods up and heads bowed, which LeBron James shared Friday on Twitter.

Martin, a 17-year-old Miami native, was gunned down in February in an Orlando suburb by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a member of the neighborhood watch for the gated community where Martin’s father’s girlfriend lived. Martin was walking back to the house from the convenience store with his hood up when Zimmerman spotted him and alerted 911, saying the teenager looked “suspicious.” Soon after the 911 call, Martin was dead with a fatal shot to the chest, which Zimmerman admitted to police being responsible for. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has yet to be brought on any charges. The case has sparked national debate on racial profiling, Florida’s self-defense laws and whether police responded appropriately, while many have been calling for justice.

The Heat’s photo is perhaps the first stance professional athletes have publicly taken on the subject. LeBron’s tweet also included the hashtags #WeAreTrayvonMartin and #WeWantJustice. Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony have also since tweeted their support for Martin and his family.

The Heat, especially LeBron, falls under constant criticism by fans and is one of the most scrutinized in teams in the league, but this is a noble gesture. It’s hard to knock them for this.

Photo via LeBron James’ Twitter