On Saturday at peace walk was held at Crenshaw High School in honor of Trayvon Martin, marking the one-year anniversary of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder in Martin’s death. In attendance were Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, rapper Nipsey Hussle (who was arrested last year at a Martin rally), and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
Bryant, who stirred up controversy by remarks he made shortly after Martin’s killing, spoke before a crowd of about 200 people last night according to TMZ. This time his words were a little less incendiary, speaking of the “true adversity” that Martin’s parents had endured compared to the rigors of a professional athlete’s life. He also praised Martin’s parents for sharing their story despite the tragedy, and added his thoughts on the social responsibility of athletes:
“Players such as myself and others who have the platform, our responsibility is more than putting the ball in the basket but helping them have the platform [to tell their story].”