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An Atlanta-based AAU team wore ‘I Am Trayvon’ shirts in Vegas tourney (PHOTO)

Jul 27, 2013, 9:41 PM EST

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Matt Norlander

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@DVbballmom

That’s quite a statement for a group of 16 and 17 year old basketball players to make.

“There was no negativity that I was aware of. Everything I got was positive,” Game Elite coach Ryan Falker told the Dagger. “The biggest point we were trying to make, and the kids understand this, is that could have easily been them. Even the caucasian player I have on my team, he wore it proudly. It could have easily been him. It could have been any child of any ethnicity. That’s why they wanted to represent this young man of their generation.”

The most interesting part?

Game Elite has one white player on their 12 man roster. He wore the t-shirt as well.

“Whether you’re white or black or Hispanic, it’s their generation,” said Falker of his team, which is comprised of 11 African-American players and one white player, Alex Bearup. “Trayvon Martin, he looks just like them. He was a 17-year-old kid. These kids are 16 and 17. They identify and say, ‘This could have easily been me.'”

Said Bearup, a 2014 player from Alpharetta, Ga., “If they want to support it, I support the cause with them. We talked in that hotel room, we were shocked and discussed how we really felt about it. It could be anyone.”

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  1. hobgoblin238 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Wow….So they admit they are druggies that get suspended from school, thrown out of their houses, and have fights at school and hit busdrivers. Yeah THAT is something to aspire to.

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      You guys are funny. First off has the blackman went to court? Second, did he get off as “not guilty”? If so I assure you, as always, especially, if the media takes the story national, you will get the attention of the nation. Now next to the racist post, the kids are wearing tshirts stating they sre not murderers, MOLESTORS all of which George Zimmerman is no jury to tell the American public. Also they sre wearing the tshirts to say they sre not seial killers, tax evaders, racist, molestors of young college boys–think Penn State and the Catholic Church catch my drift bozoos….Trayvon Martin Rest In Peace….

  2. hobgoblin238 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Oh and I need to break out my “Zimmerman was innocent” shirt but the blacks would attack me….But I BET no whites attacked them for their Trayvon shirt.

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      You guys are funny. First off has the blackman went to court? Second, did he get off as “not guilty”? If so I assure you, as always, especially, if the media takes the story national, you will get the attention of the nation. Now next to the racist post, the kids are wearing tshirts stating they sre not murderers, MOLESTORS all of which George Zimmerman is no jury to tell the American public. Also they sre wearing the tshirts to say they sre not seial killers, tax evaders, racist, molestors of young college boys–think Penn State and the Catholic Church catch my drift bozoos….Trayvon Martin Rest In Peace….

      • moonman_alpha - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        What you babbling about? If you had an IQ higher than rock, you’d be able to make some sense and post a valid comment. Keep supporting your murderous druggie thug Trayvon, no one s cares. He’s dead, and that’s all that matters.

    • undercoverego - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      DO IT

  3. mrlaloosh - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Who cares. Did they win a game?
    A beautiful 6 year old black girl was stabbed to death in a New Orleans suburb. Where are the poverty pimps? where’s Sharpton, Morial and Obama? Where’s the phony outrage from the NAACP?
    I guess because she was murdered by a black man she doesn’t deserve any “Attention”. Idiots.

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      You guys are funny. First off has the blackman went to court? Second, did he get off as “not guilty”? If so I assure you, as always, especially, if the media takes the story national, you will get the attention of the nation. Now next to the racist post, the kids are wearing tshirts stating they sre not murderers, MOLESTORS all of which George Zimmerman is no jury to tell the American public. Also they sre wearing the tshirts to say they sre not seial killers, tax evaders, racist, molestors of young college boys–think Penn State and the Catholic Church catch my drift bozoos….Trayvon Martin Rest In Peace….

  4. klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    You guys are funny. First off has the blackman went to court? Second, did he get off as “not guilty”? If so I assure you, as always, especially, if the media takes the story national, you will get the attention of the nation. Now next to the racist post, the kids are wearing tshirts stating they sre not murderers, MOLESTORS all of which George Zimmerman is no jury to tell the American public. Also they sre wearing the tshirts to say they sre not seial killers, tax evaders, racist, molestors of young college boys–think Penn State and the Catholic Church catch my drift bozoos….Trayvon Martin Rest In Peace….

  5. spreadlove77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    When it comes to racism, there is a lot of stupidity, often from people who should know better. For some people, even the mention of something involving race is racist. These people would stifle any debate about anything slightly involving different races. To them, ignorance is bliss. Great job Young men. May your futures be bright!!!!!!!

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Well said!

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      To the others….. The truth hurts so much that the racist folks on here result to name calling. Thank God for the NRA, so we can stand our ground when we meet idiots like you, your not the only ones who can shoot a fire arm…..

  6. catspinner1 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I like my t-shirt better PROTECTED BY SIG SAUR P250!!!!

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      The truth hurts so much that the racist folks on here result to name calling. Thank God for the NRA, so we can stand our ground when we meet idiots like you, your not the only ones who can shoot a fire arm…..Where can I buy one of your shirts…

  7. klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    The truth hurts so much that the racist folks on here result to name calling. Thank God for the NRA, so we can stand our ground when we meet idiots like you, your not the only ones who can shoot a fire arm…..

    • ohsoright - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:48 AM

      According to Trayvon’s friend on the phone that night, he called zimmerman a cracker and planned on beating him up. Why was this situation ever considered a racist thing against Zimmerman?!

      The idiots are the ones who allow themselves to be brainwashed, toyed with and angered by racist black leaders who are only interested in their politics and their wallets.

  8. fnc111 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    How bout these kids talk about all the blacks dying in Chicago from black on black crime

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Because people are going to jail for those crimes and not able to hide behind stand your ground laws that’s why…next.

  9. fnc111 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Obama won’t talk about those Chicago black on black crimes but he’ll interject on Trayvon all day

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Once again because people are going to jail for those crimes and not allowed to walk scott free…next

  10. mitchem85 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Klove, what about OJ? Got off a double first degree homicide? Where was the outrage from sharpton and NAACP then? They were backing OJ and cheered when he was found not guilty.. Shut your mouth you hypocritical pig…next!

    • klovevegas357 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      Stupid is what stupid does OJ and this case is totally differrent, but a racist would want to say ues we killed a blk for OJ being proven not guilty–remember OJ no gun, glove didnt fit, said he didnt do it..next

  11. dgbk - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I never seen this many comments on a post before on this blog site.. granted some are double post but still… lots of angry ppl out there…… bashing travon and nit picking on his choices don’t make u right or wrong, just make u pathetic…. let’s post every activity u were doin at 16-18… try not to punch ur screens while typing all that hate gentlemen.

  12. ohsoright - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    According to Trayvon’s friend on the phone that night, he called zimmerman a cracker and planned on beating him up. Why was this situation ever considered a racist thing against Zimmerman?!

    Has president Obama congratulated Zimmerman yet? Or at least apologized?! Oh yes he only cares about black people NOT ALL PEOPLE ! !

    A bias / racist president is the number ONE contributing factor to racial tension in america !

    IMPEACH OBAMA ! HE CREATES RIOTS NOT JOBS !!

    I wanted Obama to do well, but now that he has proven to be racist I just don’t care about him anymore.

    Can you imagine a white president having a heart to heart with the country telling of the struggles white people have with black people?

    The behavior of this RACIST PRESIDENT is outrageous and extremely reprehensible!!

    Write

    • ohsoright - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:44 AM

      Write your congressman! DOnt quIT it doesn’t take long.

    • aristasha - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Wow, Impeach President Obama because he isracist? Why, because he spoke the truth as an African-American man. He didn’t say anything that should not have been said. Even George Zimmerman’s own family could not say anything bad about his comments even though FOX News kept trying to bait them.

      As for Trayvon Martin, it does not matter what his past was, he was a young man who had every right to be where he was because that was the neighborhood where his father lives. The main reason I say Zimmerman should have been found guilty was for the fact he was told to stand down, not to pursue but yet he did. Trayvon had every right to protect himself. You inall honesty cannot say that if someone were following you and pulled a gun on you, you would not have fought back.

      As for the comment: “A bias / racist president is the number ONE contributing factor to racial tension in america !”…well that is crazy…are you saying that as long as the “white man” was President there was no racial tension? Come on people, it doesn’t matter what color or sex a President is or will be there will always be hatters.

  13. Mist'ears Mom - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Wow only 1 idiot posting the same lies about GZ and the same post over and over lol. Just goes to show that they can’t follow reason, logic, facts or would know the truth if it smacked them in the face. Total moron sheeple. These poor children are being led down the garden path being told it could be them just because they are 16 or 17 yrs old & black. The message should be: it WON’T be you IF you stay in school, don’t do drugs, respect your elders, women and children of any color, don’t steal fight and rob people and lastly keep your hands to yourself. Because Trayvon either did or didn’t do these things and he ended up dead! He attacked an armed man-don’t do that and chnces re you should stay alive.

  14. motivator13 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    LIFE CHOICES…AND HOW SOME GET AWAY ? AAU TEAM GA
    I’ve witnessed, read and listened for years how others easily judge people of color who are caught up in the criminal justice system – Yet, its never discussed how often young men who aren’t Black, Latino are often given a free pass when committing crimes during their adolescence; due to either being known by law enforcement officials who just happens to know their parents or school officials which enables them to have a clean record transitioning into adulthood – They understand the stigma of having been processed into our criminal justice pipeline would impact their chances of becoming a successful member of society and being able to provide for a family and make a contribution – Think about how many of elected officials, judicial/legislative and executives have been steered clear of such stereotypes ? 61 more words

  15. seanb20124 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Chicago murder closure rate is probably 50-60%. 2 reasons, no snitch mentality, and cops that don’t care, as criminals killing criminals

  16. undercoverego - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    All these racist post, you guys are idiots!!!! The core of the issue is someone lost their life at a very young age. Whatever mistakes Martin made in his short life he did not and will not get the chance to redeem himself. No one on this earth is perfect…….and you racist are very very very far from it. Be careful what you say, because it could easily comeback to hunt you. instead of posting racist crap proving how ignorant you are….. What is wrong with saying you will pray both for Zimmerman and Martin’s family?????? Parents lost their child, they are suffering an unfathomable pain, and people who are posting racist crap better hope they don’t find themselves suffering similar pain, because of their ignorant, injudicious, and wayward thinking. BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, ASIAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, OR WHOEVER…………CIRCUMSPECT YOUR OWN LIFE AND STOP JUDGING OTHERS. I GURANTEE EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT PROUD OF…..LUCKILY FOR YOU, YOU ARE STILL ALIVE TO MAKE CHANGES.

  17. buckleysangel - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    The only thing that I have in common with these guys is that if a black thug ever attacked a gay or a liberal, I would automatically side with the black thug regardless of the facts. That means that I’m not a racist by the liberal definition as I would forsake my own and side with the blacks as long as they attack someone that I don’t care about.

  18. hotlantalaw - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    They don’t speak for Atlanta. However, if they compare themselves to this kid, then the players should be checked for drug use.

  19. eagles512 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    So they’d all jump someone who was following him

  20. eagles512 - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    No Zimmerman was not told to stand down. 1) it was just a dispatcher, not a cop 2) she suggested he wait in the car.

  21. fnc111 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Klove is an idiot. He doesn’t get how racist Obama is. BO will talk about gun control because of trayvon but not about the innocent lives lost in Chicago. Klove says because people are going to jail for the Chicago crimes dead bodies don’t matter. What a dolt you are Klove. Impeach Obama now!!!!!!

  22. inallsincerity - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Trayvon wore a hoodie, that made him a thug in some people’s eyes. I say he wore it because it was raining. He posted pix online holding a gun, BIG deal. Most all of us played cowboys & Native Americans or cops & robbers and most of us loved Al Pacino in “Scarface”. He smoked some bud and drank some lean, like no teenage kids have ever experimented with recreational drugs. Well, maybe not the lean, but c’mon. He got expelled from school for some behavioral issues, not uncommon nowadays, but no excuse for that. He called Zimmermouse a ‘creepy-ass cracka’, judging by some of these comments, I KNOW some of you use racist language that’s worse. Despite all of that, if he was being followed and was accosted by someone who could’ve been a cannibalistic homosexual like Jeffrey D, and he beat him up, he did not deserve to be shot dead. I’m just sayin’…

  23. jthammerstix - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    @klovevegas357
    too bad you couldn’t switch places with martin or have at least been a mid pack runner in the boston marathon. I hope you find a fire and run to it and die you piece of garbage.

  24. eagles512 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Inall, you make some good points but the evidence seemed to indicate Martin jumped Zimmerman.

  25. klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    You guys are funny. First off has the blackman went to court? Second, did he get off as “not guilty”? If so I assure you, as always, especially, if the media takes the story national, you will get the attention of the nation. Now next to the racist post, the kids are wearing tshirts stating they sre not murderers, MOLESTORS all of which George Zimmerman is no jury to tell the American public. Also they sre wearing the tshirts to say they sre not seial killers, tax evaders, racist, molestors of young college boys–think Penn State and the Catholic Church catch my drift bozoos….Trayvon Martin Rest In Peace….

  26. klovevegas357 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The truth hurts so much that the racist folks on here result to name calling. Thank God for the NRA, so we can stand our ground when we meet idiots like you, your not the only ones who can shoot a fire arm…..

  27. noodlecbs - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Come up with a coherent thought Capt cut and paste

  28. klovevegas357 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Thank God for President Obama and Vice President JOE “The Man” Biden, but most important The NRA so I can show you I can do more then cut and paste if you run up on me your not dealing with no kid….next

  29. klovevegas357 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    c no cut and paste

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