On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, per CNN’s Greg Botelho.
Opinions varied across the board, but general sentiment tended to empathize with Martin.
Victor Cruz expressed his sentiments (h/t ridethepine.com), but deleted the tweet not long after posting it.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was nearly at a loss for words but sent his regards to the Martins:
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson responded in a similar fashion:
Phoenix Suns swingman Jared Dudley compared the outcome to another high-profile case in Florida:
Nazr Mohammed had conflicting feelings on the jury’s verdict himself but pondered the consequences with regard to future cases:
Retired NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal was in disbelief:
Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins made a sweeping generalization to express his frustration:
Miami Marlins outfielder Bryan Petersen chimed in and provided a rare defense of those who defended Zimmerman:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers tried to look at the broader, long-term ramifications of Martin’s case in the immediate aftermath:
That was echoed by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma:
Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger opted to focus on Martin’s parents and how they might be feeling:
Source: Bleacher Report