Victor Cruz chose the silent approach this offseason as he waited for the contract extension that eventually came his way earlier this month.
He would have been better off keeping his thoughts to himself on Saturday following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
“Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up with him,” Cruz wrote on his Twitter account, according to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. That was before Cruz went back and deleted his remark.
Many have been upset by the decision of the jury to acquit Zimmerman of charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. Cruz wasn’t the only player in the NFL to express dismay. But he came around on what he said.
“My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter,” Cruz wrote Sunday, per Orr. ”I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake and I apologize, that’s why I deleted it. I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress. I never have and never will advocate violence under any circumstances and I pray that we all encourage and educate each other. The death of Trayvon Martin is an 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 heal and grow and progress. My prayers continue to go out to Trayvon Martin’s family.”
The good news is football is right around the corner. That’s when football players will be talking more about the game they play.
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