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Athletes respond to deadly school shootings

11:50 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
Evan Longoria cheers his game-winning home run that sends the Tampa Bay Rays into the 2011 playoffs.
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The deadly shootings in Newtown, Connecticut has pulled at the heart strings of people across the globe, including the sporting world. Athletes are often seen as those possessing super human strength, but in a time when a nation is mourning they can offer up sentiments to help build strength in those hurting the most. Today's events at Sandy Hook Elementary spawned a twitter whirlwind of outreach from those in sports.

Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria tweeted," My deepest and sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to all families affected by the CT (Connecticut) tragedy today. It makes me sad."

The word sad seemed to be a staple in the rhetoric displayed on social media websites. But for Miami Heat forward Lebron James, today's events struck a much deeper cord. James tweeted,"Imagine it happening to my kids' school. I and the rest of the families would be devastated. Something has to be done. Land of the Free...BS!"

Gun control has been a hot button issue in the sports world over the past weeks. Commentary from NBC's Bob Costas' in the wake of the Jovan Belcher murder suicide ignited a fire storm. While today's tragic events were outside an arena or stadium, the fact that athletes displayed their compassion and recognizable voices proved wither it's in Connecticut or our own backyard, we are all connected through social media or humanity.




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