The family of Trayvon Martin visit Carmelo Anthony in the locker room before Knicks game!!!
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, 21, were in New York City on Thursday for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, not thinking they were going to visit Madison Square Garden the following day.
But New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony had a surprise invite awaiting the family, which included Martin’s younger brother who’s three and a half years old.
Anthony met privately in the Knicks’ locker room with the family and posed for pictures before New York’s 103-65 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Fearing additional media attention, the family did not stay for the game.
Anthony said Martin’s death struck a bigger chord with him because it made him reflect on the passing of his sister, Michelle, who died from a pre-existing medical condition in December 2010. Anthony now remembers Michelle while he’s playing by having her name stitched on to his sneakers.
“(It was) a blessing, an honor,” Anthony said after Knicks’ practice on Saturday morning 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.”
Anthony, along with many players in the NBA, recently have shown support for Martin, 17, by wearing hoodies during practice and before games. That’s what Martin was wearing when he was killed allegedly due to racial profiling on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. George Zimmerman was charged this week with second-degree murder, but he has maintained he shot Martin in self-defense.
On Thursday, a Seminole County judge found probable cause to move forward with the case and set a May 29 arraignment.