Activists pressure sports icons to leave teams over Fla. boycott

Miami Heat in hoodies

Photo credit: LeBron James/ESPN

Rallies held across the nation Saturday not only called for “Justice for Trayvon,” but also boycotts for anything connected to Florida. The National Actions Network rally in Las Vegas even appealed to star athletes like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to quit their teams.

Gene Collins, local affiliate president of National Actions Network and long-time activist and community organizer, addressed the crowd and made the unusual requests in his remarks, according to Breitbart News.

“It is not about National Action Network, it is not about Gene Collins, it is about the social change we are seeking in this community,” Collins said, according to Breitbart. “Today is a day the Lord has made to demonstrate to the state of Florida and other states who has passed laws who are bias to black and brown people of this race.

“We are here also to ask our sports icons LeBron James, Dwyane Wade … and other professional players in baseball and football to change franchises and play for another franchise until the state of Florida recognizes there has to be change.”

“We are also asking the collegiate athletes who have signed contracts and who have signed letters of intent to play for various universities to transfer to another university until the governor of the state of Florida calls a special session and changes the laws so that African American males and females, black and brown kids will be safe in the state of Florida,” Collins added.

No word yet as to whether James and Wade will respond to the request.

In March 2012, James released a photo of the Miami Heat wearing hooded sweatshirts, their heads bowed and their hands stuffed into their pockets in a tribute to Martin, according to ESPN. Among the hashtags James attached to the picture was “WeWantJustice.”

After George Zimmerman’s acquittal in Martin’s death, Wade posted this on Twitter:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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10 thoughts on “Activists pressure sports icons to leave teams over Fla. boycott

  1. joe cartwright says:

    Don’t break the law and you want get SHOT…what a bunch of dumbasses

  2. TaterSalad says:

    Yeah! Quit and get sued by the owners for breaking a contract. No balls! Go ahead ! Show some balls and quit. Want to bet that money talks and bullshi* walks!

  3. Art NeJame says:

    What about the other 21 states that have the very same “stand your ground” laws? Are they going to boycott all 22 states? I don’t think so. Enough grand standing. Let’s preach unity.

  4. Bob White says:

    I don’t even know how to react to something so childish and ignorant. Wade knows so little about law & justice. He must not know how the very law that protected GZ protects black men, too.

  5. aimhigh1 says:

    Glad I only watch NASCAR!!! Not much chance of any of them leaving!!

  6. joe cartwright says:

    Check this guy out “white people are going to riot”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vETPO9237B0

  7. J P says:

    God created all peoples, some of them black. They will be black, forever! When these folks accept this fact, the rest of the world may very well follow suit and all will live happily ever after; ’til then black people, you’re on your own in a country colonized by many white Christian settlers who would probably admit they made a few errors assuming that everyone would someday blend in nicely…just stay off my front porch with your shenanigans that are costing hardworking tax payers millions, may cause reduction on many a welfare check, and I’m happy.

  8. Joshua50 says:

    I couldn’t care less if they quit or not.. I hate sports. LOL I’m sure they’ll get sued if they do, and the race baiters like Sharpton, Jackson, and Collins will not care in the least.

    Screw yourselves guys if you like. Ha, Ha!

  9. Our Gamehenge says:

    LOL …. go on and quit, just take the rest of the teams with you.

    Meanwhile in the real world today, a released sexual predator living in Cleveland was taken into custody because they found at least three decomposed bodies in the area. After a search of the suspects house revealed evidence of decomposition, authorities brought suspect in. Wonder if Collins will ask the good Mayor Gary Norton Jr to “Quit” out of protest for the brutal killings of the three innocent black women.

    http://www.wcti12.com/news/national-news/mayor-cleveland-suspect-idolized-local-serial-killer/-/13530322/21088938/-/10fdmxbz/-/index.html

  10. steelertim69 says:

    i think they should be focusing on cities like chicago with extremely high crime/murder rates,primarily black on black….and less about self defense cases like this…..

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