President Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat at the White House, as is custom, for winning the 2012 NBA championship.
“Today, I am honored to welcome a little up-and-coming basketball team to the White House, called the world champion Miami Heat,” Obama said. “For many teams to come here, this is a lot of cameras in one place. This is a little overwhelming, but for the Heat, this is what practice looks like. This is normal.”
In March of 2012, the Miami Heat and President Barack Obama played roles in politicizing the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. LeBron James tweeted out a photo of his teammates in hoodies, which was what Martin was wearing when George Zimmerman allegedly shot him in self-defense. The hoodie became a symbol for those who used Martin’s tragic death to rail against the criminal justice system and advocate for more “social justice.”
Obama said then that if he “had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
The Heat will stay in Washington, D.C. and meet with “wounded warriors” before their next game at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.