Cruz apologizes for Zimmerman tweet

July, 14, 2013
7/14/13
3:22
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New York Giants WR Victor Cruz apologized on Twitter for his tweet after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florda jury of killing Trayvon Martin.

Cruz posted, then quickly deleted the following tweet: "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him."

Sunday, Cruz went back on Twitter. In a span of five tweets, he wrote:

"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 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."

Cruz was one of numerous athletes to express their thoughts on the trial's verdict via Twitter, and his tweet was one of the more controversial ones. Falcons receiver Roddy White tweeted the jurors should kill themselves, and he would also go on Twitter afterward and apologize for his remark.

The Giants recently signed Cruz to a five-year extension worth $43 million.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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