- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kobe Bryant met with Trayvon Martin’s parents and spoke at a Los Angeles rally on Saturday, marking one year since the teen’s killer was acquitted of murder.

A group of about 200 people rallied in Crenshaw against gun violence and racial profiling — two issues that underpinned the national outrage that erupted over the unarmed teen’s 2012 death and George Zimmerman’s murder acquittal last year.

The rally was organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, lead by Martin’s parents, Tracy Martn and Sybrina Fulton, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Lakers superstar Bryant reportedly met with the two before making a surprise appearance at the rally.

“When you look at Sybrina and Tracy, what they had to go through as a family and what they’ve come out of – that is true adversity,” Mr. Bryanttold the crowd.

He said he and other celebrities should use their platforms for helping young people, the CBS affiliate reported.

“Our responsibility is more than putting a ball in a basket,” he said, “but giving them the platform to voice these inspirations.”