Ever since the verdict was announced in the George Zimmerman trial, there has been an outrage from the community about the outcome, and a lot of NFL players have voiced their opinion about the matter, including New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
Cruz sent out what appeared to be a rather odd and angry tweet about the results of the trial, in which he thought the hood would catch up to Zimmerman and wouldn't last a year out on the streets.
"Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him," Cruz tweeted.
Cruz did immediately delete the tweet, but it was out long enough to generate news and have it portrayed in an extremely negative light for the newly-signed wide receiver. On Sunday, Cruz did apologize for his tweet about Zimmerman and explained why he deleted it immediately from his Twitter account.
On Monday, Cruz appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and talked about the regret of his message and how he understands his role as a public figure in the community in New Jersey.
“Kids look up to me and I’m a role model to these kids and I don’t want them to think that what I wrote was OK, what I wrote was something that should be done or something that’s positive in our community, because it’s really not,” Cruz said.
He later went on to talk about why the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case bothered him so much and how he let his feelings get the best of him, which resulted in his public message on Twitter, something he has since regretted.
“I was a little angry, because as a father you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid that that happened to,” Cruz said. “I put the tweet out there, and once I put it out, I was like, man, that’s not the right thing to say. There’s kids that follow me and I don’t want them to think I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. Those aren’t my intentions, I’m not that type of guy. Where I come from, I heard violence outside my window each and every day. I don’t want to be someone to promote that even more.”
The Martin/Zimmerman case drew national media attention and with the protests out in Los Angeles going on, there will still be some outcry over the verdict. But with Cruz's comments, they will likely blow over and be forgotten, especially once the Giants report to training camp on July 26 and focus their attention on football.
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