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Activists pressure sports icons to leave teams over Fla. boycott

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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:

Dwyane Wade tweet
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