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AAU team dons 'I AM TRAYVON' shirts at tournament in Las Vegas
CBS Sports ^ | July 25, 2013 | Matt Norlander

Posted on 07/25/2013 4:06:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

From left, members of Game Elite: John Carlos Reyes, Avery Patterson, Antonio Lang, Shawntrez Davis

LAS VEGAS -- They strolled into the auxiliary gym at Rancho High School with backpacks on and the message clear on their shirts: I AM TRAYVON.

Every player on Game Elite's 17U squad was donning the T-shirts during warm-ups and didn't remove them until it was time to tip. The AAU program based out of Atlanta first displayed the shirts Wednesday night, and per program co-director Ryan Falker, they'll wear the shirts before and after games for the duration of their stay for tournament play in Las Vegas this week.

"We all wanted to wear the shirts because, even though the right thing didn't turn out in court we wanted everyone to know we haven't forgotten about this," Avery Patterson said.

The team became emotionally connected to the Trayvon Martin story/George Zimmerman trial as it progressed into July. And while at an AAU tournament in Georgia two weeks ago, every player sat in one hotel room to hear the verdict late on a Saturday night. When George Zimmerman was found not guilty, the reaction from the team was emotional and intense, according to the players I spoke with.

"It really impressed me because I didn't realize how connected the team was to the story, the social issue, they were all informed," Falker said. "Just based off their emotions and reactions, I was trying to think of something we could do as a team to show a united front for that situation."

Falker, 38, said it was the idea of the players to make the shirts and wear them. Coaches and spectators alike noticed immediately on Thursday -- and Wednesday as well.....

(Excerpt) Read more at cbssports.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Georgia; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: aau; antoniolang; averypatterson; basketball; blackkk; florida; gameelite17u; georgezimmerman; georgia; johncarlosreyes; nevada; shawntrezdavis; sports; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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What do you think would've happened if the shirts said "I AM THE NRA" or "ABORTION STILLS A BEATING HEART" or similar messages?
1 posted on 07/25/2013 4:06:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bullet hole sold separately.


2 posted on 07/25/2013 4:08:08 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, boys, you’re admitting to being drug abusing, violent THUGS? OK, we’ll be on guard in case you force us to Trayvon YOU!


3 posted on 07/25/2013 4:09:16 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will refrain from commenting as I like posting here.


4 posted on 07/25/2013 4:09:24 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

what’s AAU ?

angry a-hole undergrads?


5 posted on 07/25/2013 4:10:21 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Darn, must buy more ammunition.


6 posted on 07/25/2013 4:10:22 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well that’s 4 bucks for Sybrina


7 posted on 07/25/2013 4:10:36 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note the names of these useful idiots. They will soon be forgotten and we won’t likely hear anything good from any of them in the future.


8 posted on 07/25/2013 4:10:46 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the pictures I have little doubt that they are indeed Trayvon wannabees.


9 posted on 07/25/2013 4:11:12 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t brag about being a thug.


10 posted on 07/25/2013 4:12:31 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: American in Israel

Get me some 9mm and .22LR while you’re there, okay?


11 posted on 07/25/2013 4:14:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind each blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the shirts are saying “I am a pot smoking coke head thief”, cool.


12 posted on 07/25/2013 4:14:44 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: svcw

Wanna bet that the shirts, time and energy are funded by an Obama group like say “SEIU” or similar...they’re being paid for their services.


13 posted on 07/25/2013 4:16:43 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: TurboZamboni

AAU = Amateur Athletic Union.

They used to be the governing body of track and field and long distance running.


14 posted on 07/25/2013 4:17:25 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: svcw

These boys decided to be liberal, supporting the liberal side in a controversial issue in the news.

what would happen if someone wore an I Am Zimmerman shirt? Would that be cause for inciting a riot????


15 posted on 07/25/2013 4:18:10 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: princess leah; Dilbert San Diego

Bingo


16 posted on 07/25/2013 4:19:04 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, where are the “I AM ANTONIO” shirts? Antonio who?? Antonio West.


17 posted on 07/25/2013 4:24:21 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So all the women of the area should keep a close eye on their jewelry.And 7 Eleven stores should keep an eye on their Skittles.Ooops,that’s right...he didn’t steal the Skittles.


18 posted on 07/25/2013 4:26:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon, the helpless terrified child? Git ‘em a binky.


19 posted on 07/25/2013 4:27:00 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would agree that that is exactly what they are in spirit; i.e. those that assault innocent people.


20 posted on 07/25/2013 4:27:01 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep and they gots Trayvon’s IQ level too—well below 100. But its not illegal to be stupid but maybe it should be considered.


21 posted on 07/25/2013 4:29:22 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These shirts just scream for photoshop.
22 posted on 07/25/2013 4:31:20 PM PDT by hummingbird (THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS by Mark Levin. He has a great plan!)
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To: Fred Hayek
time for me to wear my "I am Travolta" shirt


23 posted on 07/25/2013 4:32:25 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How come Aaron Hernandez killing that poor black semi-pro football player isn’t even mentioned as racist?


24 posted on 07/25/2013 4:33:08 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: tflabo

If I am a college recruiter, I just eliminated 4 players from my scouting report.


25 posted on 07/25/2013 4:37:09 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh yeah?

"I AM DARWIN"

LOL...

26 posted on 07/25/2013 4:37:34 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Baynative
Note the names of these useful idiots.

John Carlos Reyes, Avery Patterson, Antonio Lang, Shawntrez Davis,

All pretty normal, except the last one.

27 posted on 07/25/2013 4:40:32 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: ozzymandus

Maybe they need immediate drug testing?


28 posted on 07/25/2013 4:47:31 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
AAU team dons 'I AM TRAYVON' shirts at tournament in Las Vegas

Team AAU, if you are Trayvon, you are a bunch of hoodlum, thug criminals and dumber than sh_t! Put that on your tee shirts...."WE ARE DUMBER THAN SH_T!

29 posted on 07/25/2013 4:49:40 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama approves.

30 posted on 07/25/2013 4:51:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Might as well wear a shirt saying “IQ below 80”


31 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:15 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: griswold3
Might as well wear a shirt saying “IQ below 80”

Collectively.

32 posted on 07/25/2013 4:53:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am Trayvon!

33 posted on 07/25/2013 4:54:01 PM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think I could get it all on my shirt, what I wanted to say.

I am a large group of the Chicago public that has been beaten, robbed, and maimed by Black thugs attacking.


34 posted on 07/25/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I;ll bet all 4 of these scumbags don’t amount to squat in 5 years time. They’ll most probably end up at McDonald’s serving fries.


35 posted on 07/25/2013 4:56:35 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Red in Blue PA

Speaks for itself. Sad.


36 posted on 07/25/2013 4:56:41 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’re entitled to their opinions, but mine’s a little different. I believe Martin was the attacker, and Zimmerman acted in self defense. Zimmerman is innocent.


37 posted on 07/25/2013 5:00:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Fred Hayek

Crack and Field?


38 posted on 07/25/2013 5:01:09 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: dfwgator

I’m going to have shirts printed with
“I am incapable of critical thinking”
and hand them to anyone I see wearing these shirts.
Of course, I’ll be wearing my “Hands Off , Law Abiding CCW Holder” shirt at the time.


39 posted on 07/25/2013 5:01:29 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They do seem to have that “break-your-nose-and-crack-your-head” look about them.


40 posted on 07/25/2013 5:10:41 PM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: tflabo

Good point.


41 posted on 07/25/2013 5:28:31 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Fred Hayek; TurboZamboni
AAU = Amateur Athletic Union.

They used to be the governing body of track and field and long distance running.

And sponsored wrestling tournaments as well. I wrestled in several AAU meets, including the AAU Junior National tournament in Ashland, Ohio many years ago when I was 18 yrs old.

Speaking of which, my teammate & I decided to walk to our host family's house in the evening (approx 10 pm) rather than call for them to pick us up. As we walked home and past a McDonalds, there were 5 black thugs who started calling us names, then ran up and surrounded us. One of them lunged forward and sucker punched my wrestling teammate in the eye and then shouted out...."Ooooo I hit him in the eye". We took off running and my friend was barely able to see because of the punch to his eye. Somehow we got away from the black thugs.... but obviously we have the same problems with black thug criminals & gangs today, most likely even worse. Needless to say, my co-wrestler teammate did not do well in the tournament the next day and was quickly eliminated.

42 posted on 07/25/2013 5:34:36 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: rcrngroup

Our country has lost its way. . . its moral compass. The United States of America has been given over to a reprobate mindset.


43 posted on 07/25/2013 5:47:25 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would love to be the announcer for that game.

“Trayvon for three!”

“Foul on Trayvon.”

“Trayvon to the line for a one-and-one.”

Etc.


44 posted on 07/25/2013 6:13:05 PM PDT by Zuse
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To: Zuse
Too many Trayvons on the court
45 posted on 07/25/2013 6:20:11 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...even though the right thing didn’t turn out in court...”

Right thing what? That 17-yearolds can beat-up on other folks and not expect to get hurt or killed?


46 posted on 07/25/2013 7:01:37 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If these buffoons want any street cred, they should translate their phrase into thug ebonics: “I Is Trayvon”.


47 posted on 07/25/2013 7:17:43 PM PDT by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: Vision Thing

Or “I Be Trayvon”


48 posted on 07/25/2013 7:18:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Assholes...

How about my "I am George Zimmerman" t-shirt line?

49 posted on 07/25/2013 7:19:05 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Drugged up, dead, thug wanna-bes?


50 posted on 07/25/2013 7:20:32 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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