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Kobe Bryant Supports Trayvon Martin’s Family

NBA star Kobe Bryant raised eyebrows when he made a few controversial statements about the solidarity shown among the Miami Heat players following the murder of Trayvon Martin.

But the Martin family seems to have forgiven the Laker, who insists his comments were taken out of context.

Dressed in matching black T-shirts with a hooded image of Trayvon on the front behind blocked letters that read “Crenshaw,” Byrant along with the teenager’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin posed for pictures at a recent Crenshaw High School peace rally.

The day marked the one-year anniversary of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon. Paying his respect, Bryant stepped to the podium to deliver a speech that applauded and complimented the Martins for their strength and courage to use their voice in such an adverse tragedy.

“…Look at [Trayvon’s parents] Sybrina, Tracy and what they had to go through as a family, what they’ve come out of — that’s true adversity,” he told an audience of youth. “That’s responding to true conflict and being true inspirations. What they’re doing now, in telling that story, I believe is absolutely phenomenal because those are stories that need to be told. And players, such as myself, and others who have a platform, our responsibilities are more than putting a ball through the basket, but giving them the platform to voice these inspirations.”

Watch the speech below: