Carmelo Anthony Pens Heartfelt Message to Baltimore

Carmelo Anthony Pens Heartfelt Message to Baltimore

NBA superstar says rioting and looting is not the answer.

Published April 28, 2015

Born in Brooklyn, but raised in Baltimore, Carmelo Anthony is heartbroken and upset about the riots in his hometown.

While Melo wants justice for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died in police custody, the NBA superstar says violent rioting and looting is not the answer.

Anthony took to his Instagram account on Monday night to pen a heartfelt message to the city of Baltimore.

"We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for," Melo wrote. "My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. 

"If not yourself, then Think about the youth," he continued. "How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example."

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Anthony maintains that he more than understands Baltimore's frustration, not getting answers for Gray's death.

"I know my community is fed up," he said. "I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o." 

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