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.
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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