The Zimmerman Verdict: What Philly Sports Figures Had to Say

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

If you were on Twitter or Facebook last night, you were most likely reading tweets and statuses dealing with the second extra inning game that the Phillies were playing that day.

The subject matter quickly changed as it was announced that a verdict had been reached in the controversial George Zimmerman trial.

After 17 months of scrutiny and speculation, George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges stemming from the admitted slaying of 17 year old Florida native, Trayvon Martin.

Like many of us, Philadelphia Sports athletes and media members made their opinions of the verdict known on their social media accounts throughout the night. Some issued numerous and very deliberate tweets while others were much more discrete.

Here is a look at what several people had to say:

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What’s Next for the Sixers?

Sixers President Rod Thorn and Head Coach Doug Collins have changed the dynamic of the Sixers’ roster this offseason.

The Sixers have been active in revamping their roster this off-season. They have addressed several weak spots in their armor from a season ago by loading up on a few key weapons. The team lacked a wing player who could create their own shot consistently and fill it up on a consistent basis. They addressed that with the signing of Nick Young (16.6 ppg for WAS last season). They added a versatile 3-point shooter in Dorell Wright ( 36.5% 3pt for career). They also added a big man in Kwame Brown, who despite the knocks against him, has improved in the rebounding and post defense departments. Both of those were Achilles heels for the Sixers last season. And do not forget the drafting of SF Maurice Harkless and PF Arnett Moultrie.

The team will look drastically different with the addition of these pieces and the departures of PF Elton Brand, G Lou Williams (led Sixers in scoring last season), and SG Jodie Meeks. So far the Sixers have gotten bigger and more athletic but there is still work to be done and the amnesty clause used on Brand gives the Sixers an opportunity to perhaps add one more key piece. Here are some options for them to consider:

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Harkless and Moultrie: Meet the Newest Sixers

The Sixers selected Maurice Harkless (4) with the 15th pick and traded for the draft rights to the 27th overall pick, Arnett Moultrie (1).

The NBA draft serves as the chance that every team has to add a piece or two to the puzzle. Some teams go into the night bent on adding the most talented player on the board regardless of position. Others look to fill a specific need in hopes of taking the next step. The Philadelphia 76ers entered the night with three picks and came away with two pieces to add to the puzzle, Maurice Harkless and Arnett Moultrie.

The Sixers outperformed expectations last season. The team took the Boston Celtics to Game 7 of the second round and came within a win of the Eastern Conference Finals. Going into draft night, every expert and fan seemed convinced that big man was the overwhelming need for the Sixers and when it was their turn to select at number 15, there was no shortage of them.

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