There was no shortage of impassioned responses to the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial on social media Saturday night, especially from some of the most high profile athletes in American sports. Now, two Pro-Bowl wide receivers are catching flak for some ill-advised tweets they made following the exoneration of Zimmerman.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted moments after Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him,” according to ESPN. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before it spread like wildfire across Twitter. On ESPN’s “Mike and Mike,” he apologized:
"I took it back because I understand how things can be taken," Cruz said. "There are a lot of children that follow me, a lot of kids 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 -- or is -- at all. You have to understand, when you're in a position where kids can look up to you, and you're a role model to these kids, you really have to watch what you say.”
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White also landed in some hot water after tweeting, “[F******] Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in,” and, “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”
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White didn’t delete his tweets, but apologized on Twitter, tweeting, “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.”