Ex-NBA Star: ‘I Took an Innocent Life, Too’

At the Rev. Al Sharpton's NYC gathering, Jayson Williams told Trayvon Martin's dad that he understood his pain.

Jayson Williams, David Banks, Elliott Dawes, Errol Louis, Tracy Martin and Etan Thomas (courtesy of Tracy Martin)

But Etan Thomas, who also played in the NBA and is now an activist and author, said that sometimes churches are not welcoming of young black men “wearing baggy pants and young women in hoochie-mama outfits.” Thomas said that he is also opposed to sagging pants, but adults have to meet youths halfway. “Too many times we are afraid of our young people because they are not in a perfect package.”

Julie Walker is a New York-based freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter.