Nicolas Batum Wears ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Tee

Portland Trail Blazers small forward and France native Nicolas Batum, showed his support for the 12 people slain in the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. By wearing a “Je suis Charlie” (which translates to “I am Charlie”) t-shirt during warmups prior to the Blazers taking on the visiting Miami Heat.

Before Wednesday nights game, Batum had this to says about the tragedy.

“I woke up this morning and it was the first thing I saw.,” said Batum. “That’s sad, twelve people killed like this. I have no words to explain what happened. I read that this morning, people came in and shot police. It’s sad for those people who tried to do their jobs. […] We have different opinions, okay,” said Batum. “But you’ve got to respect everybody’s opinion. You can’t shoot those people… You can’t kill someone because you disagree with somebody.”

H/N BDL