Sports stars take to social media to support Paris: ‘We are with you’
New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca admitted he had a hard time focusing on basketball late Friday.
As I get ready for my game I can't help but to think of the tragedy in Paris! My God what's up with people. Prayers sent to all the familes!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 13, 2015
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) November 13, 2015
🙏's for 🇫🇷
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 13, 2015
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 13, 2015
Praying for everyone affected in Paris now. pic.twitter.com/uGc6wK8qDb
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) November 13, 2015
Praying for those in Paris…
— Alshon Jeffery (@TeamJeffery_) November 13, 2015
Je suis anéanti par ce qu'il s'est passé hier soir à Paris. Toute mon affection et tout mon soutien à la France et aux Parisiens.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) November 14, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are for people of Paris can't even imagine what's taking place over there right now
— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) November 13, 2015
My thoughts & prayers go out to all of Paris & specifically to all those families impacted by the horrific events today! #GodBeWithThem
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) November 14, 2015
Pray for Paris… Sad times.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 14, 2015
Lord please be with Paris at this time! #Prayers4Paris
— Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) November 13, 2015
Heart goes out to the people in Paris #PrayforParis
— Dre Kirkpatrick (@DreKirkSWAG) November 13, 2015
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 13, 2015
Pensée à tout le monde en France et aux familles des victimes… Stay Strong Paris 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/A2LHCnQG0q
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) November 14, 2015
Thoughts go to the people and families in #Paris. Don't know the details but my prayers and thoughts are with them.
— Roy Hibbert (@Roy_Meets_World) November 13, 2015
Thoughts and prayers out to everyone in Paris right now. Terrible!
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) November 13, 2015
I'm appalled by the shocking scenes in Paris at the moment. My thoughts are with all the victims and innocent people suffering right now.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) November 13, 2015
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) November 13, 2015
This is sickening, Pray for Paris 🇫🇷
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) November 13, 2015
As they stood with us…we shall stand with them pic.twitter.com/wKltLAAuC9
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) November 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the people and families of Paris! #PrayForParis 🙏🏻
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) November 13, 2015
État d'urgence. Appel de l'armée. Fermeture des frontières. Nous sommes donc en état de guerre …
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) November 13, 2015
So sad to hear of the attacks in Paris. Thoughts with all the victims and their loved one.. #Prayers4Paris
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) November 14, 2015
What terrible news coming out of Paris. We are with you and mourning alongside you. ❤️
— Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) November 13, 2015
Thoughts and prayers are with you France #Paris ❤️💙
— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) November 14, 2015
Seriously sad news #PrayForParis thinking of France right now
— Julia Mancuso (@JuliaMancuso) November 13, 2015
— Washington Capitals (@washcaps) November 14, 2015
GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE OF THE FRANCE
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) November 14, 2015
My thoughts & prayers goes out to #Paris tonight. 🙏🏻
— Lana (@LanaWWE) November 13, 2015
My heart and nerves are with the people of Paris right now…..praying!
— Misty May-Treanor (@MistyMayTreanor) November 13, 2015
Thoughts and prayers with Paris. We are with you.
— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) November 13, 2015
My prayers go to France
— Nick Hein (@NickHeinMMA) November 13, 2015
Prayers to Paris!! 🙏 it's a crazy world we live in…
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) November 13, 2015
— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) November 13, 2015
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) November 13, 2015
The Frenchman was worried about the safety of his family in Paris after deadly terrorist attacks. He didn’t get confirmation they were all safe until after New Orleans’ 100-81 loss at Toronto, and he was especially concerned for a cousin who was at the soccer friendly rocked by suicide bombers.
"It’s just a crazy world. You think you’re safe, you’re just walking down the street and the next thing you know, people start shooting," Ajinca said. "My prayers go to my family and friends."
Ajinca wrote "Pray for Paris" on his sneakers, and asked his Twitter followers to "Pray for my family and friends" before the game.
"During the whole game I was trying to get this out of my mind so I was able to stay focused," Ajinca said after he had 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
"It felt weird. I was thinking about it the whole game."
Less than 24 hours after the attacks, the wounds still hurt.
After Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi used Twitter to express his condolences on Friday, he issued a long statement on Saturday thanking friends and fans for their support.
But the Frenchman who played on the 2014 national team and sometimes writes tweets in French, was still shocked by what happened in his homeland.
"While I am comforted in that my family and friends in that area are safe, I’m pained by the loss suffered by my country and those affected by this horrific event," Mahinmi said in a statement released by the Pacers. "It both saddens and sickens me that some have little or no regard for human life, not only in this particular circumstance but also in everyday life."
He acknowledged that the game against Minnesota on Friday was tough to get through.
Mahinmi wasn’t the only NBA player with French ties who struggled with his emotions.
In Chicago, the Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah shared a moment prior to their game. Batum played for France at the 2012 Olympics. Noah’s father is former French tenis star Yannick Noah. Batum and Noah asked about each other’s families before tipoff, and both had good news to report.
"Still a tough day for us," Batum said after Chicago’s 102-97 win. "I think about it all game. I wanted to do a good game to show them in my way, we’re strong."
Batum said he stayed on his phone as long as possible before the game trying to locate his family. He has a sister who lives near the site of one of the attacks.
"I talked to my sister and some friends and everybody is all right," Batum said. "They’re shocked. They told me Paris is like a war outside. Everybody is outside. The police is outside. The army is outside."
Noah, who lived in Paris from 1988-98, called family before the game to confirm everyone was OK.
"A lot of people died for no reason," he said.
NBA arenas around the league held moments of silence for the victims in Paris. French players Boris Diaw and Kevin Seraphin were among the many players who tweeted their thoughts for victims and the country. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also weighed in and offered his condolences.
"Our world right now is having so many different tragedies, so many different innocent people and victims are losing lives over nonsense, and hopefully at some point in time people will realize that’s not the way to live," James said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.