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Roddy White Apologizes for Reactionary Twitter Post, Atlanta Falcons Remain Quiet on Issue

July 15th, 2013 at 3:31 PM
By Graham Waldrop

Like many American citizens on Saturday night, Roddy White was furious regarding the verdict in the Trayvon Martin Case.  As was originally reported on Falcons 101 by Dan Benton here, White suggested that the jurors responsible for the outcome should commit suicide for acquitting George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

This isn't the first time that controversy has surrounded White on the social media site Twitter.  White has been outspoken ever since signing up for Twitter on both football and non football related issues. But never before has he tweeted anything of this magnitude that has caused such an uproar.

Some fans called for White to be suspended in various replies to the tweets, while others were saying that he has the right to speak his mind.  The Atlanta Falcons and owner Arthur Blank have remained quiet on the subject, and have not released any statement regarding White's comments.

Late Sunday night however, White apologized with a tweet regarding his prior statement.  You can read more of White's tweets and the reaction to this from fans through his account here.

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.

Reactions were just as mixed regarding this comment.  Some fans forgave White for his comments while others are still highly critical of the nine year all pro receiver.   

This issue will probably become a moot point, and it appears that the Falcons, with their continued silence on the issue, are not too worried about the fallout from this incident.  The NFL has also been quiet not only on the subject of White, but also on the subject of New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz and his controversial comments about the case.  

While unlikely, there is a question about whether or not the NFL or the Falcons take any action in relation to these tweets by White.  As time passes it appears that there will be no discipline administered to White for his comments.  If the Falcons or the NFL were thinking about any disciplinary action, it probably would have happened this morning.

Do you accept Roddy White's apology?  Did his tweets even phase you?  Let us know in the comments section.

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2 Responses to “Roddy White Apologizes for Reactionary Twitter Post, Atlanta Falcons Remain Quiet on Issue”

  1.  BigBlueBee says:

    I am rather old school and do not engage in twitter or Facebook banter. However, his comments were totally inappropriate. His words could have been read by someone who was already troubled by other issues in life. Professional athletes take too lightly the huge amount of power and influence they wield with their words and actions. I hope and pray that he is truly sorry for his senseless words. Think before you speak is an age old adage that still should be followed.

  2.  godawgs says:

    Professional athletes and others that are in the public eye should not say or write anything while their emotions are in control. Many politicians have found this out the hard way. I am glad that he came to his senses and issued an apology. However, the damage has been done and he will have to live with it.

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