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Portland Trail Blazers Forward Wears “Je Suis Charlie” Warm Up Shirt

The attacks in France that left 12 dead and 11 wounded Wednesday may be thousands of miles away, but they hit very close to home for Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum.

Batum was born in Lisieux, France and played in the French League before making his way to the U.S. and the NBA. He even went back to France to play during the NBA’s 2011 lockout.

The two-time French League Rising Star Award winner wore a warmup shirt that read “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” prior to his team’s game against the Miami Heat.

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The message refers to the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris where two gunman created devastating damage and loss. The satirical news outlet provoked controversy over its portrayal of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

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It’s clear that Batum’s roots run deep and strong, and it’s great that he wants to honor the victims and their loved ones.


Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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