After the Trayvon Martin verdict was announced, New York Giants Wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted: “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up with him.” He quickly deleted the tweet, but the damage was done as NFL fans saved the tweet.
“I was a little angry, because as a father you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid that that happened to,” Cruz said. “I put the tweet out there, and once I put it out, I was like, man, that’s not the right thing to say. There’s kids that follow me and I don’t want them to think I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. Those aren’t my intentions, I’m not that type of guy. Where I come from, I heard violence outside my window each and every day. I don’t want to be someone to promote that even more.”
After reflecting on the tweet and thinking about the kids that follow him, he realized it wasn’t the right message to send.
“Kids look up to me and I’m a role model to these kids and I don’t want them to think that what I wrote was OK, what I wrote was something that should be done or something that’s positive in our community, because it’s really not,” Cruz said.
Cruz is a big man for dealing with this head on and being so open to discuss it instead of avoid it.