After months of silence, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has become somewhat vocal after signing what amounts to a six-year deal with Big Blue. And after jurors found George Zimmerman "not guilty" in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Saturday night, Cruz sent out what appeared to be an angry tweet, suggesting Zimmerman will be murdered within a year.
"Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him," Cruz tweeted.
After careful consideration, the tweet was promptly deleted, but not before Breitbart was able to snag a screen shot of it.
Regardless of which side of this case you come up on, this is not an appropriate reaction. Hoping for and/or suggesting that the death of another is imminent only serves to inspire further unnecessary violence that has erupted across the country. And when you're in the position of being a role model — something Cruz claims to embrace — leading your followers in such a negatively emotionally-charged way is counter-productive to everything he's preached in the past.
In this country, all men and women have the right to be judged by their peers and are deemed innocent until proven guilty. And after much deliberation, a jury of six women (five of them Mother's) decided that, based on the evidence presented and the laws in Florida as they are written, that Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
It's time to move on and not further feed the anger and violence.
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