When the family of Trayvon Martin were in New York City on Thursday for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper they didn’t know that a few hours later, they’d be standing in the lockerrom with the New York Knick’s Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony invited the family to meet him before the Knick’s game versus the Wizards. He took pictures with them and talked to them for a little while. The family did not stay to watch the game due to additional media attention it would cause. For Carmelo, this hit close to home as he was reminded of his sister who he lost in 201o due to a pre-existing medical condition.
“(It was) a blessing, an honor,” Anthony said in regards to meeting the Martin family. “We all know the tragedy that happened and just to get in a different space of mind right now, just bringing them to not even the game, but to the locker room in the back, meeting all the players, meeting the coaches. That was the easy part. We had no media there. It was just something that I wanted to do. I lost my sister last year, so I know what it feels like, even with his little brother. He didn’t even want to come to the game, didn’t even know what was going on. He wanted to go see ‘The Lion King,’ but just for them to be there, that meant a lot.”
Support for the Trayvon Martin family by NBA players is growing. Players, including the Knicks who usually wear hoodies themselves, have shown their support by wearing hoodies during practice and before games.
When you hear about NBA players in the news, it’s usually surrounding scandal or some salacious, meaningless story that has no real depth or purpose. It’s nice to see players get involved and stay connected to the current events of the day–and actually get involved.