Professional athletes that play in Orlando offered their support for those affected by the tragedy that struck the city this past weekend. After it was announced that 50 people were killed and another 53 were injured as a result of the shooting at Pulse nightclub, members of Orlando’s basketball and soccer teams expressed their sorrow on social media.
With no NFL, MLB or NHL teams, the Orlando Magic, Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride are the biggest sports franchises in town. The Magic are city’s No.1 team, and a few of their stars tweeted about the shooting shortly after the news broke.
Pray for those directly effected by shootings! Give them the courage to act out of compassion in order to stop a cyclical trend of violence.
— Aaron Gordon (@Double0AG) June 12, 2016
What has to plague the mind of any person to commit such heinous crimes? Life is so beautiful but we always tear it apart. #PrayforOrlando
— Shabazz Napier (@ShabazzNapier) June 12, 2016
Soccer has become a growing sport in Orlando, and two notable local stars reached out through Twitter. Brazilian soccer star Kaka, who ranks third in the world among athletes on Twitter with over 25 million followers, sent out prayers for the city on Sunday in a tweet that was retweeted 2,800 times.
“God bless our city specially the families that have lost loved ones #PrayForOrlando,” Kaka said.
Alex Morgan, who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, is among the most famous female soccer players in the world. She tweeted out a list of Orlando locations at which people can donate blood.
Anyone in Orlando that wants to help, donate blood. The site crashed but here's a few places you can go: pic.twitter.com/MficN3xH8u
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) June 12, 2016
The official twitter accounts for both the Magic and City expressed their support for the victims, as did the Orlando Solar Bears, the city’s minor league hockey franchise.