Correction: An earlier version of the headline misspelled the word reaction.
As the world reacted to the George Zimmerman verdict, so did the sports world.
Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury late Saturday night of second-degree murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, much to the chagrin and surprise of many of the world’s most famous athletes.
The 17-year-old Martin died in February 2012 from a gunshot wound inflicted by neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman, who said he was defending himself after Martin threw him to the ground and hit his head into the pavement.
It took the jury two days and 15 hours of deliberation to acquit Zimmerman. He could have been sentenced to life prison.
A number of players from the NBA and NFL took to their Twitter accounts to share their reaction to the verdict. Many wished the Martin family condolences for their loss as well.
Former Los Angeles Lakers center and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal tweeted to his 7.3 million followers: “George Zimmerman not guilty can u believe that. Wow”
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said: “Wow!!! Stunned!!! Saddened as a father!!! Some1 make sense of this verdict for me right now please!!! Don't worry I'll wait...”
And father of two Wade followed that up with: “How do I explain this to my young boys????”
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz posted a photo of Martin, seemingly in tribute, while teammate Justin Tuck tweeted: “I really don't know if what I'm feeling right now is anger or just pure sadness.”
Tuck added: “Isaiah 55: 8-9.... I don't understand it but he makes no mistakes. God Bless and Good night”
Cruz also sent a more ominous tweet that has since been deleted from his account, that warned Zimmerman: "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him."
NFL MVP and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said: “My Heart goes out to the Martin Family! Keep the Faith! #God is in control, He's the one and only Judge!”
And Arizona Cardinals defensive end and frequent tweeter Darnell Dockett said: “Are people going to remove their blackouts now? Or keep supporting? It's other kids out here at risk.”
Dockett also commented on the pressures Zimmerman might face even after his acquittal: “Sad.and f****d up.. But I can say I'm not surprised...now on another note! Zimmerman can't leave the block alone he know that's his ass!”
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