Victor Cruz apologized via Twitter on Sunday for a controversial message on his Twitter feed after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman on second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin last year. The Giants’ receiver reiterated his apology on Monday morning in an interview on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” radio program, saying he was wrong for his reaction.
“Thoroughly confused,” Cruz wrote shortly after the jury verdict was announced late Saturday night. “Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him."
Cruz quickly deleted the tweet, then apologized the next day on his feed. He further explained his feelings to radio hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
“It was my initial reaction,” Cruz said. “I provided my opinion and my reaction to the whole situation. I took it back because I understand how things can be taken and there’s alot of children that follow me and I don’t want them to think I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. That’s not what I’m here for. That’s not what my intent was.
“I come from Paterson, New Jersey, where violence was around me [growing up],” Cruz said. “I was just thinking of myself as a father, if that was my son that I lost and how I would react and how I would feel. That’s all that was. I don’t want to incite violence on anyone and that’s why I took it down so kids that follow me understand that’s not the right thing to do. It was wrong. I’m human. Things happen, and I own up to it.”
Cruz, who last week signed a $43 million contract extension with the Giants, said he will now be more careful with what he says on Twitter.
“I think it’s just a matter of understanding,” he said. “You have to think. Twitter is so instantaneous. You just want to provide your personal reaction to what you see or feel. At some point, [you think], ‘This is my Twitter, I want to write what I want to write.’ But you have to understand when you’re a role model to these kids, you really have to watch what you say ... I think you just have to be careful. It’s a slippery slope on how you react on certain topics, especially controversial ones.”
Falcons receiver Roddy White also issued an apology for a controversial Twitter post after the Martin verdict was announced. He wrote that “[expletive deleted] Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in. All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”
White wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday: “I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.”