NFL Stars Feel Heat After Zimmerman Tweets

Jul 14, 2013 11:35am

New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz tweeted an ominous prediction for George Zimmerman shortly after Zimmerman was acquitted of murder, and then quickly deleted the tweet. And later apologized for it.

The NFL star tweeted to his more than 334,000 follwers, “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year til the hood catches up to him.” The tweet has since been deleted.

In a series of follow up tweets, the Giant said that his angry tweet was “my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter.I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake and I apologize.”

Cruz was not the only football player to spark protest with a tweet about the Zimmerman trial verdict. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was also barraged after this tweet:

 

Rather than deleting the tweet after a round of protests from the twittersphere, White defended his words in another tweet an hour later:

 

This morning, though, White tweeted an apology:

 

Twitter saw a flood of passionate comments about the verdict. In the minutes following the announcement, tweets about the case shot to more than 47,800 TPM (tweets per minute) according to the ABC News Social Desk.

The total number of tweets about the verdict — more than 4.5 million — has surpassed the number of tweets about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.

Most faded quickly into the ether, while others, like those from Cruz and White, sparked a bit of controversy for the players; protests like these:

 

 

 

ABC News reached out to Cruz and the Atlanta Falcons for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.

What do you think of Cruz and White’s tweets? Tell us in the comments below.

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Football Player Victor Cruz attends The 40/40 Club 10 Year Anniversary Party at 40/40 Club on June 17, 2013 in New York City. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

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