Appearing on Fox and Friends on Friday, Geraldo Rivera said: “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
Rivera later revealed on Friday, on Twitter (below), that his son Gabriel was ashamed of the Fox News host's controversial remarks.
Rivera also told Politico’s MJ Lee that he attempted to reach out to his son to no avail:
“Gabriel broke my heart. He’s my oldest, 32, and he just told me that for the first time in his life he’s ashamed of what I wrote on [Fox News Latino],” Rivera said in an email.
“I wrote him, and I’m telling you that my mission is to save kids’ lives in the real world,” the Fox News host said. “We can bluster and posture all day long about the injustice of it all, but despite what Roland Martin or even my son Gabriel Miguel Rivera says, every hoodie should come with a warning like cigarettes, ‘caution wearing this could get you killed…“Gabriel wrote back to say I’ve gone viral for all the wrong reasons. :( “