The Giants' star wide receiver Victor Cruz does not want George Zimmerman to be targeted by "the hood." Cruz apologized yesterday after deleting the above tweet — which some took as a call for extra-legal violence — and clarified that he was merely making an observation, not an endorsement:
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
The funny thing is, none other than Robert Zimmerman, brother of George, made pretty much the same point as Cruz's original tweet. Brother Zimmerman told CNN over the weekend that George will be "looking around his shoulder for the rest of his life," wary that "vigilantes" will "want to take the law into their own hands as they perceive it."