Over the weekend, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tweeted that the “hood” will catch up to George Zimmerman after he was found innocent after killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin last year.
Cruz ended up deleting the tweet right away and then he issued an apology.
Today Cruz made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show and explained why he posted the tweet, via Black Sports Online.
“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.”
Cruz thought about his young fans and realized he needs to be a better role mdoel.
“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.