A football player said a regrettable thing on the Internet and has now apologized. In the wake of a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the Giants’ Victor Cruz tweeted that he was "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up with him."
That sentiment was subsequently deleted, but it nevertheless caught the eye of Deadspin, which was aggregating other noteworthy athletes' responses to the verdict, including one Falcons' player's declaration that "All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid."
In response to the backlash, Cruz apologized in a series of tweets, explaining what he described as "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."
And today Cruz appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to elaborate on his regret and make it abundantly clear that he doesn't want any armed vigilante hunting Zimmerman down in the streets like some kind of modern day George Zimmerman. “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,” the wide receiver said on air. “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."
In summation, a football player said a regrettable thing on the Internet and has apologized. You may now go about your business.