GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony hosted Trayvon Martin’s mother and brother in the Knicks’ locker room before Friday night’s rout of the Washington Wizards.
The Knicks’ star then Tweeted this picture of Martin’s mother and brother, Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris, who were in New York to do a segment with Anderson Cooper for “Anderson 360.”
“[It was] a blessing, a honor,” Anthony said after Knicks’ practice Saturday. “We all know that tragedy that happened and just to get in a different space of mind right now, bringing them to not even the game but to the locker room in the back. Meeting all the players, meeting the coaches. That was the easy part. We had no media there. It was just something that I wanted to do.
“I lost my sister last year so I know what it feels like, even with his little brother. He didn’t even want to come to the game, didn’t even know what was going on. He wanted to go see ‘The Lion King,’ but just for them to be there, that meant a lot.”
During their TV session with Cooper, Fulton said she felt some peace knowing that George Zimmerman was now in custody.
“It actually helps a little to see that the person who shot and killed Trayvon will be held accountable for what he has done,” she said.
“I’m relieved that it’s happened,” Jahvaris said. “We, finally, are starting to get some justice for my brother. So I’m happy about that.”
Asked by Cooper what he would like people to remember about his brother, Jahvaris said, “I would like them to remember that he wasn’t this violent, confrontational person that George Zimmerman is making him out to be.
“He was just a regular kid,” he said.
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