After a controversial twitter reaction to the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict given to George Zimmerman on Saturday, New York Giants wide reciever Victor Cruz has begun the week doing damage control.
On Monday, Cruz called into ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show and “The Dan Patrick Show” to publicly apologize for a tweet he sent and promptly deleted after realizing it sent the wrong message to his followers.
After learning that Zimmerman had been cleared of all charges for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the 26-year-old NFL star tweeted out his initial reaction.
“Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him,” Cruz’s now deleted tweet read according to several outlets.
During the call with Dan Patrick, the wide receiver tried to contextualize the tweet before apologizing:
“In the moment, when it happened – I’m not going to lie, I was a little angry. As a father, you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid… I put out the tweet as a reaction to what I was seeing on Twitter, to what my friends and family were writing on Twitter.”
While speaking on the “Mike and Mike” show, the football star admitted once again that what he had done was “wrong” because of the type of behavior it could encourage.
"I took it back because I understand how things can be taken," Cruz said on the ESPN radio show. "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."
In the conversation, Cruz referenced his childhood in Paterson, N.J. where there was “violence happening all around me” to emphasize the reasons he didn’t want to promote that type of behavior.
Before turning to the media to offer a public apology, the Giants wide reciever took to Twitter to try and undo the damage of his initial reaction.
My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter.I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake and— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013
I apologize, that's why I deleted it. I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress. I never have and never will— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013
advocate violence under any circumstances and I pray that we all encourage and educate each other. The death of Trayvon Martin is an— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013
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— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013
heal and grow and progress. My prayers continue to go out to Trayvon Martin's family.— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz greets the crowd during a parade in his honor following his team's NFL Super Bowl XLVI championship, Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Paterson, N.J.
New York Giants NFL football player Victor Cruz watches the second quarter of an NBA basketball game between the New Jersey Nets and the Miami Heat, Monday, April 16, 2012, in Newark, N.J.
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Time Warner Cable, New York Giants' Victor Cruz goes long at the Time Warner Cable and Watch ESPN Experience at the Tribeca Family Festival street fair in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012.
In this May 9, 2012 photo, actress Zoe Saldana, left, and New York Giants football player Victor Cruz pose at the launch party for "Cosmopolitan for Latinas," magazine, at The Press Lounge in New York. The bi-annual magazine is targeted at English-speaking Latinas and is edited by and written for modern Hispanic women. Saldana graces the cover of the inaugural issue.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz arrives for People en Espanol's "50 Most Beautiful" gala, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in New York.
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