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Anger and outrage continue to surface among athletes as Zimmerman remains free. The NBA Players Association even released a statement, which reads, in part:

“The National Basketball Players Association offers its condolences to the family and loved ones of Trayvon Martin in their time of need. The NBPA is saddened and horrified by the tragic murder of Mr. Martin and joins in the chorus of calls from across the nation for the prompt arrest of George Zimmerman. The NBPA seeks to ensure that Trayvon Martin’s murder not go unpunished and the elimination of the injustices suffered by the innocent.”

Wizards point guard John Wall, 21, calls the Martin case “a very big deal.”

“A lot of players are talking about it,” he said. “At first, I know a lot of athletes were afraid [to speak out], because you didn’t know what kind of reception or treatment you were going to get from the media, saying you weren’t focusing on your sport.”

But Wall, a potential NBA star, knows it will be easier for him than others to speak out if an issue hits home for him. It’s a role he is prepared to embrace.

“For a star, it’s easy. For a role player, you’re nervous,” Wall said. “You give credit to the guys who are putting on hoodies and speaking out. When that time comes, I wouldn’t be afraid to speak out. Not at all.”