Moments after a jury of six women (five Mother's) returned their "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, several athletes took to Twitter to share their views. Among them were New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who suggested that the "hood with catch up" to Zimmerman within a year, and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who took things a bit further.
"F—ing Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in," White tweeted. "All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid."
After 3,000 (and counting) retweets, White then felt as if fans were out to get him in trouble by retweeting his earlier comments.
"It's crazy how people on twitter want me to get in trouble for a tweet that they are retweeting because they want something to happen thanks," he added.
There's no doubt the trial and verdict were emotionally charged, but as professional athletes with a large reach, one would assume they know how to properly conduct themselves. By further spurring on anger and violence, all they're doing it making a volatile situation more dangerous.
At the end of the day, whether you agree with the verdict or not, this is the United States of America and everyone has the right to a fair trial. That's exactly what Zimmerman received and a jury of his peers, based on the evidence presented and the laws as they are written, found him not guilty.
Fueling a fire is not the appropriate or professional response. And unlike Victor Cruz, who realized the impact his tweets would have, White has not deleted his comments and stands by his words.
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