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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Apologizes for Tweet Following George Zimmerman Verdict

July 15th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Paul Tierney

The George Zimmerman verdict has sparked an intense reaction from athletes, mostly in disbelief that Zimmerman was allowed to walk away freely from the courtroom. We at Giants 101 are not here to give our opinions on the case, but regardless, the loss of a human life in nearly any capacity is a tragedy in and of itself.

That's why New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz should be ashamed for his despicable tweet insinuating Trayvon Martin's death will be avenged by an inevitable slaughtering of Zimmerman.

"Thoroughly confused," Cruz tweeted following the verdict. "Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him."

Cruz has done a lot of great things throughout his career, both on and off the football field. This is the same guy who following the Sandy Hook tragedy visited the family of victim Jack Pinto. Cruz has also been an active force for good in the Paterson, NJ. neighborhood he grew up in and has served as a role model for underprivileged children.

Cruz is not a bad person. But his tweet following the George Zimmerman case went well beyond the point of anger of frustration. It gave publicity to the notion that Zimmerman should die for his actions, a consequence that not even the prosecution team was pursuing.

On Sunday afternoon, Cruz issued an apology for his tweet. 

“My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter,” Cruz wrote. ”I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake and I apologize, that’s why I deleted it.  I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress.  I never have and never will advocate violence under any circumstances and I pray that we all encourage and educate each other.  The death of Trayvon Martin is an unthinkable tragedy that is any parent’s worst nightmare.  As a father, I want my daughter to grow up in a country that uses this tragedy to heal and grow and progress.  My prayers continue to go out to Trayvon Martin’s family.”

At the end of the day, Victor Cruz is a great football player who keeps himself out of legal trouble, which is a significant feat in today's NFL. His opinions on non-football related issues are none of our business, unless he decides to publicize them to the world as he did immediately following the verdict. He's apologized, the sports world will move on and fans will forget about these comments long before No. 80 is salsa dancing in the end zone at MetLife Stadium this season.

But that doesn't make what Cruz said acceptable, and the Giants should, and probably already have, privately reprimanded Cruz for making such an outrageous and mortifying statement.

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Tags: Football, George Zimmerman, Jack Pinto, MetLife Stadium, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Trayvon Martin, Victor Cruz

6 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Apologizes for Tweet Following George Zimmerman Verdict”

  1.  Krow says:

    Twitter is like catnip to these fools. It makes them crazy … but they can’t resist it.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Really makes you wonder about Florida. First Casey Anthony; now Zimmerman.

  3.  jfunk says:

    Here’s hoping this is the last we hear from a Giants player on the topic.

    I’d really love to avoid it becoming a conversation on here.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Bottom line, you cannot fix bigotry, hatred and assorted ignorance and stupidity by taking another life. The “Hood Vengeance” is part of the reason this case even existed. The other half is insensitivity, ignorance and fear.

    Funny how only a two people know what really happened. One is dead, the other acquitted. The rest of us have only knowledge of our life experiences and teaching, which rather wrong or right do not enjoy the advantage of fact.
    All we have is our personal sentiment and bias.

    Curz should be ashamed for his tweet. Sometimes if you don’t have anything constructive to say, silence is indeed golden. By all means take a stand. But don’t support further violence and propagate fear. Particularly when the end product of violence fear and ignorance are at the root of this and other senseless spineless encounters.

  5.  TuckThis says:

    Never thought I’d say it. I’d rather see a VC/contract story. Ugh!

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