Though the words from Falcons receiver Roddy White regarding the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday night were extreme, White has a history of speaking his mind bluntly and candidly and, sometimes, extremely. He nevertheless has apologized.
For Giants receiver Victor Cruz, his comments predicting the demise of Zimmerman within a year were far out of character. Now, Cruz has apologized, too, via a series of Twitter postings.
“My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter,” Cruz wrote. “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.”
That explanation reflects Cruz’s character more closely. Though some would suggest his real character came out in the moment that he tweeted something far more harsh and troubling and then deleted it, plenty of people have thoughts that they don’t really believe, and that end up being articulated before they can go away on their own.