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.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry thought that the lesser charge was certain for Zimmerman but was rather shocked to learn of the verdict going in Zimmerman’s favor:
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:
Some of the more blunt, uncensored reactions came from Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White:
Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger opted to focus on Martin’s parents and how they might be feeling:
Source: Bleacher Report