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Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Has Sharp Words for Fan as Anger Continues Over Zimmerman Verdict

July 14th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Dan Benton

Only hours after New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted that the "hood will catch up to" George Zimmerman following a not guilty verdict in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, former Big Blue running back Brandon Jacobs went on an angry rant of his own.

'Brandon Jacobs' photo (c) 2012, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Jacobs' rant, which was proceeded by a comparison between Plaxico Burress' jail time and Zimmerman's not guilty verdict, was directed at a fan who praised the verdict — although he did so in a very instigating fashion.

"Why don't you just say 'white power' you f—ing racist, no money having red neck. F–k you. While you saying s–t like that, more people are gonna die over this! I wish your racist ass was in the way of one of those stray bullets," Jacobs tweeted.

As we said about Cruz, these angry reactions are only adding fuel to the fire. And whether or not Jacobs felt provoked in a time of frustration or anger is irrelevant — spreading this hate and inciting further race-related anger is not the solution to any of these problems. If anything, it only serves to make a bad and volatile situation much, much worse.

It's understandable that there would be heated exchanges in the aftermath of this death and trial, but they all seem to be skipping any sort of civility and going right to death threats and encouragement of further violence. Such was the case with Cruz, Jacobs and even more so with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who blatantly said the six female jurors should kill themselves.

For people who claim they want justice and peace, their respective reactions to this verdict are telling quite a different story and setting the stage for increased volatility.

If there was ever a time to step back, think clearly and act accordingly, this would certainly be it. But thus far, athletes the world over have done the exact opposite and that's just not what a true role model would do.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Brandon Jacobs, Football, George Zimmerman, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Plaxico Burress, Roddy White, Trayvon Martin, Victor Cruz

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6 Responses to “Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs Has Sharp Words for Fan as Anger Continues Over Zimmerman Verdict”

  1.  Joe Mac says:

    am i the only one who dont understand why the travon martin case is such a big deal?? 40 people on average are murdered every single day that goes by in america.. .. 270 people a day world wide, the only reason you have an opinion on this “one” murder case that happened a year and a half ago, is because your media told you to. put that effort into american foreign policy if you really want “justice” from the government look how it gives justice around the world.

  2.  Krow says:

    I can understand Jacobs tweeting off … he’s a moron with nothing to lose. But Cruz is all about being a celebrity. And this has got to hurt his brand. Terrible long term business decision.

    And Victor is kinda too middle class to be talking about the hood. Reminds me of our other wannabe gangster … Plax.

    I’m stunned by the verdict … I thought the 2nd degree murder was a tough call, but manslaughter seemed plausible. Hard to believe he just walks. But hey … the banking industry almost tanked the world … and nothing happened to them. Hernandez will probably get off too. Crazy world … … …

  3.  Sparky says:

    Beginning to think that Mr. Brain and Mr. Mouth aren’t communicating with each other; judging by the comments of Mr. Cruz and Mr. Jacobs.

    This is not going to help that community at all.

    Can’t they stick to football? A lot of sick people out there that don’t need a whole lot of this garbage talk to act irrationally.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    This verdict seems something we should stay away from except to offer an opinion on the judicial system (I happen to think the standard of “beyond reasonable doubt” in criminal cases is appropriate) and express sadness that a young man died under circumstances that are at the very least tragic and possibly heinous.

    No one but Zimmerman knows what really happened. I don’t see how those jurors COULD have convicted him given that the circumstantial evidence was murky and there were no eyewitnesses (human or videotape). But Zimmerman’s story sounds fishy and it is easy to see why many think a different standard of justice was applied to him because the dead man is young and black.

    The only certainty here is that someone is dead and Victor Cruz is a hot-headed young man who should think before he twitters.

  5.  LUZZ says:

    I can’t figure out why this case gets so much press. In Chicago, on any given weekend we have between 8 to 15 people shot and killed. Over 84% of these people being killed are black, many are 17 or younger, and who knows some may even have had skittles in their pocket. This has been going on for years and it’s even getting worse.

    The politicians don’t weigh in on it, the race hustlers don’t show up to help fix it, the NAACP doesn’t protest it. I have yet to figure out why.

    It’s a sad commentary on our media and politicians that they only weigh in when they see an opportunity to advance whatever agenda they care about.