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George Zimmerman verdict draws emotional reaction from sports world

(Dave Tulis / AP)

Updated with Roddy White apology

When a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, reaction was swift and emotional — especially in the sports world, where athletes took to Twitter to register their dismay.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was particularly outspoken, tweeting, “[Expletive] Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in.”

His next tweet prompted an avalanche of responses and was retweeted over 3,000 times:



On Sunday, White apologized, saying in a tweet: “I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.”

White wasn’t alone in his shock. Other athletes registered their surprise, among them Dwyane Wade. He and his Miami Heat teammates donned hoodies and posed for a photo after Martin was murdered, as LeBron James tweeted back then:

On Saturday night, Wade reacted with disbelief:


Other reaction:




Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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