Kobe Bryant Spoke At The Trayvon Martin Rally At Crenshaw High School

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].”

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