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Roddy White apologizes for post-Zimmerman verdict tweet

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In the aftermath of the jury’s decision to find George Zimmerman not guilty of murder or manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, several NFL players took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had one of the most notable responses. He sent out a tweet asking “what kind of world” we live in and recommended that the jurors in the case “go home and kill themselves.” White’s words, like Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz’s prediction that Zimmerman won’t last a year before “the hood catches up with him,” were construed by many as inflammatory at a moment when there was a fear that the verdict would lead to unrest.

They were also emotional responses to an event that has had a significant place in American culture since the fateful night when Zimmerman shot Martin. White touched on that when he made an apology Sunday for his suggestion to the jurors.

There’s a lesson here about making public statements while still emotionally riled up, even if you can understand and/or empathize with the anger of the person making it. Inviting other people to kill themselves for fulfilling a civic obligation because you don’t agree with their decision is a bad road to go down and the light of day seems to have reminded White of that fact.

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65 Responses to “Roddy White apologizes for post-Zimmerman verdict tweet”
  1. bminder1972 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:12 PM

    hey Roddy, listen to Herm Edwards, “DONT PRESS SEND”. that is all

  2. tripleb4444 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    Think before you hit send.

  3. seanb20124 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:21 PM

    Never push send when drinking is also a good rule to follow

  4. PacificNWMark says: Jul 14, 2013 12:23 PM

    Even considering the heat of the moment, his comment about the jurors was over the top. He is right to apologize.

  5. gronkspike802 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:24 PM

    I’ll give him a little credit, at least he was man enough to admit he made an emotional mistake and didn’t try and say his account was hacked or some BS.

  6. packerbackernj says: Jul 14, 2013 12:24 PM

    Fortunately we live in a world where you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed. Justice for trayvon isn’t sending a man we can’t prove didn’t kill him out of self defence, to jail. Justice for Trayvon should be repealing the laws that allows a man to shoot someone in the face if they “feel threatened.” namely the Stand Your Ground law. Unfortunately the NRA is all for the Stand your ground law, so the media has played up the “black vs white” platform. Its the equivalent of pointing to a tree and going “look everyone, it’s on fire!” Meanwhile the whole damn forest is on fire. Change the laws or this will happen again, and again, and again.

  7. goindy2006 says: Jul 14, 2013 12:27 PM

    Think before you speak or type/text for that matter. No one wins in these situations and its bad all around IMHO.

  8. monkeyjuice313 says: Jul 14, 2013 1:18 PM

    Anger is a terrible response. Instead ask how I can be better parents and Americans. Just because you don’t like the result of the verdict doesn’t mean you don’t have equality. The jury made the decision. Disappointment is fine, but acceptance and improvement is the next step.

  9. davemishsr says: Jul 14, 2013 1:19 PM

    BTW, a simple rule has saved me from putting my foot in my mouth many times. That is always wait 48 hours before responding, or hitting send, when you are about to respond in the heat of emotion. Works like a charm!

  10. getyourownname says: Jul 14, 2013 1:22 PM

    Perhaps White was following the case closly, but I’ll bet most people awning out these kinds of notes about “justice” did not see all the evidence presented. There’s a reason we prefer to have juries decide based on the entire body of evidence and their deliberations, as opposed to commentators who have a political agenda. Anyone who has sat on a jury knows people can change their minds when other people discuss how they construed the same evidence.

  11. frostymugobeer says: Jul 14, 2013 1:29 PM

    the Martin family will win a civil suit in this case and Zimmerman wont be able to afford a fake badge and bullets for the rest of his life !

  12. buttfumbles says: Jul 14, 2013 1:31 PM

    Glad I don’t use Twitter

  13. vibesid says: Jul 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    Roddy White should not have done what he did when he talked about people killing themselves. The NFL is under a microscope because one of its players may be a serial killer. Those who earn millions of dollars a year should appreciate where their paychecks are coming from.

  14. lucky5936 says: Jul 14, 2013 1:36 PM

    Too late Roddy! The damage has been done!

  15. tacowrecker says: Jul 14, 2013 1:42 PM

    I don’t buy that he just had an attack of conscience. I think it more likely some team official or perhaps his lawyer had it for him and told him to backtrack

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 14, 2013 1:48 PM

    If you buy a “Free Hernandez” hat, you get a “Kill Zimmerman” hat at half price.

  17. larryboodry says: Jul 14, 2013 1:51 PM

    That wasn’t an apology, that was damage control. And maybe, instead of just Tweeting again from the safety of his keyboard, he should have gone live on camera and faced up to his stupidity.

  18. slippery1 says: Jul 14, 2013 1:51 PM

    Once something is said, it can’t be unsaid.

  19. rbell2123 says: Jul 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    I lost all respect for Roddy White.

  20. diehardpanther says: Jul 14, 2013 2:23 PM

    Another reminder of why Roddy White makes a living catching a leather ball and not using his pea brain! Nobody cares what you think dude!

  21. spicymudbugs says: Jul 14, 2013 2:23 PM

    Roddy White quite possibly might be the stupidest player in the NFL. This is just one in a long line of idiotic quotes and tweets. At least he’s on the perfect team for this kind of asinine talk

  22. barrywhererufrom says: Jul 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    This is what represents the nfl..i am rhinking of tweeting i hope victor cruz blows out his knee and never plays again..but i am not a s bag who wishes harm on my fellow man

  23. icdogg says: Jul 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    Prosecution botched the case badly. They should have presented a bare bones case, proving only that Zimmerman shot Martin, and introducing the 911 calls that were made. They should not have introduced the Hannity interview or any of the witnesses poking holes in that theory until after the defense case. They could have dune that in rebuttal.

    That would have forced the defense to put Zimmerman on the stand to assert self-defense. The defense would not have been allowed to introduce the Hannity interview as evidence, no judge would have allowed it.

  24. patriots420 says: Jul 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    No respect for Roddy, the “apology” was damage control only.

    I can’t believe that this has become a national issue with all the murders that occur every day, must be a slow news cycle.

    My beef with this is the fact that it is such a racial issue and only one side is deemed acceptable. It’s hard not to notice “black” athletes are the only ones taking issue publicly with this case. But god forbid if anyone or a white person came out with an opinion in Zimmerman’s support, that person would be nailed to the cross and crucified.

    In response to Marcus Vick’s comment I think he is right, I do value the life of my dog more that of Travon Martin, he is my best friend and smarter than him and most people for that matter. For him to say that goes to show he our Michael likely have no remorse for what they did. The fact that they killed dogs is likely viewed as an inconvenience they got caught instead of true remorse for the crime they committed.

  25. nflpoker says: Jul 14, 2013 2:52 PM

    Sorry Roddy, you can’t unring a bell. I think his apology was 1) damage control or 2) his agent or the club had a talk with him. Basically, it didn’t seem genuine.

  26. mackcarrington says: Jul 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Gosh, I’m so embarrassed to be a football fan. Why, in God’s name are these people so stupid? Every time they open their mouths about anything other than football they show how dumb they are.

  27. firstclasspack says: Jul 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    He’s not sorry that he felt that way. He’s only sorry that people had a negative reaction to what he said. I can’t stand when these guys say something and then just a few hours later say they didn’t mean it. We all know you meant it but now wish you hadn’t shared it publicly.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jul 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    The great thing about America is the 1st Amendment allows you to express your opinion, no matter how dumb it is.

    I lost all respect for Roddy White, he is a mental midget no matter how well he catches a football. Karma is about to exact some revenge for his level of stupidity and the sad part is that the rest of his Falcon teammates will have to collectively pay that price. In the end, you can’t say White is undeserving of that.

  29. blakeinfla says: Jul 14, 2013 3:10 PM

    Funny how when people said stuff like this after the OJ trial they were lambasted but I guess that’s because they were white and racists. Remember gentlemen only white people(except A.Baldwin) can be racists in our society. Everyone else just makes a mistake.

  30. wohqus says: Jul 14, 2013 3:18 PM

    All color aside anyone defending Zimmermans actions should follow him straight to hell and I’d have to say you sound twice as stupid as any athlete who commented but nobody cares who you idiots are so your stupidity will go unnoticed.

  31. jagsandliquor says: Jul 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    Taking a look at the emotional comments saying roddy is an idiot shows how immediate human expression can be. Despite apology, judgement is quick. I’m no saint but self righteousness is rampant.

  32. siaaa says: Jul 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    The simple fact is that people of all races have been very emotional about their feeling regarding this case. I don’t believe that Zimmerman was in any way a racist but think that Zimmerman simply killed a 17 year old kid that wasn’t in the act of committing any crime but just seemed suspicious at the time. maybe the fact that he was black and wearing a hoodie had a lot to do with the suspicion, since most of the crimes that were committed in the same neighborhood previously had been committed by young black men. I can understand Zimmerman’s reaction if he saw the kid actually stealing something but simply walking around in any neighborhood in the country should not provoke someone to start chasing the suspect and end up killing him even if it was self defense.
    I believe in gun rights 100% but don’t believe anyone but cops should be allowed to carry guns outside their homes. when you have a gun on you, any simple argument can turn deadly. with all that said, Zimmerman killed a person even if it was self defense by putting himself in a very dangerous situation and should pay for that by serving some jail time even if its a much lesser charge.

  33. rukkus1 says: Jul 14, 2013 3:30 PM

    Roddy White has gone and made Richard Sherman look reserved and level headed.

  34. razzzmajazzz says: Jul 14, 2013 3:31 PM

    Too late Roddy, everyone has already seen what a no class piece of garbage you are.

  35. 730boy says: Jul 14, 2013 3:37 PM

    I don’t know why he apologized I was thinking the same thing he tweeted. Stand by your words Roddy I agree with him

  36. cometkazie says: Jul 14, 2013 3:49 PM

    There is a difference between justice and vengeance.

  37. jerrygray721 says: Jul 14, 2013 3:52 PM

    I don’t remember any outrage from the black community when O.J. was aquitted

  38. blacknyellablacknyella says: Jul 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    This case was over after jury selection when the prosecution couldn’t get six, emotional, prejudiced African-Americans into the jury box. In truth, the trial should have never seen the light of day. Sharpton, Jackson, Oprah, the ACLU, et al, thru mainstream media, bullied this case into a courtroom despite a weak case, witness testimony supporting the accused, and a beaten and bloodied accuser.

  39. BH says: Jul 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’m sick and tired of those who make race a part of every disagreement in the news. Zimmerman is Hispanic, Martin is black. The only thing important or, in my opinion, interesting, is that a young man is dead and a man who could have probably called 911 and left it at that, saving life and himself a lot of trouble in court and with the incredibly uninformed electorate in America. I just wish that we could make this about the issues rather than making race the issue. Wrong is wrong no matter what color it comes in, so is right. “People are people” and the only way we are going to get to the point where that statement actually means something is if we stop making everything about the color of our skin or our religion or social class. Enough is enough! A young man died and it could have been obviated.

  40. txraiderfan says: Jul 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    The simple fact is that people of all races have been very emotional about their feeling regarding this case. I don’t believe that Zimmerman was in any way a racist but think that Zimmerman simply killed a 17 year old kid that wasn’t in the act of committing any crime but just seemed suspicious at the time. maybe the fact that he was black and wearing a hoodie had a lot to do with the suspicion, since most of the crimes that were committed in the same neighborhood previously had been committed by young black men. I can understand Zimmerman’s reaction if he saw the kid actually stealing something but simply walking around in any neighborhood in the country should not provoke someone to start chasing the suspect and end up killing him even if it was self defense.
    I believe in gun rights 100% but don’t believe anyone but cops should be allowed to carry guns outside their homes. when you have a gun on you, any simple argument can turn deadly. with all that said, Zimmerman killed a person even if it was self defense by putting himself in a very dangerous situation and should pay for that by serving some jail time even if its a much lesser charge.”

    Fair assessment

  41. johnnydom says: Jul 14, 2013 5:04 PM

    Why do we listen to these players anyway. They are held up as role models and aren’t anywhere close to either.

  42. siknutty says: Jul 14, 2013 5:20 PM

    Whether you agree with the verdict or not, justice was served here. There was no evidence that disputed zimmermans self defense claim. Everyone protesting the verdict should instead focus their protests towards getting rid of the stand your ground law and tighten the gun carry permit requirements.. This case should have never seen the inside of a courtroom. Like it or not, the evidence was never there to secure a successful prosecution. Waste of taxpayers money. We can thank the media for turning it into a racially charged witch hunt.

  43. mountaindont says: Jul 14, 2013 6:17 PM

    If you followed the case you aren`t surprised at the verdict. ALL the evidence points to Zimmerman protecting himself . Of course the media as usual portrays the young black man as the victim. It`s a shame he had to die but the evidence points that he had a hand in his own death.

  44. jody46 says: Jul 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    Yes he should not of said it. I like his apology not only because he apologized but he admitted he thought still that the verdict was wrong which I do too but that is are law same reason Casey Anthony got away with it. unless you see someone actually doing it everyone gets away even if they did do it. So I don’t blame the jurors they had to say not guilty they did not see him do it but I bet you any money they thought it but that doesn’t count and it shouldn’t. I do think he should hide a bit like Anthony because a lot of people think he got off free as a bird when he didn’t have to do what he did. I hope to god he never becomes a cop and if he does its in florida not where i live. He did something wrong its just we can’t convict him. I don’t care what color you are there are people that think this. I am white and have no prejudice against any color

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    I guess you can tweet anything as long as you follow it with the obligatory apology.

  46. shlort says: Jul 14, 2013 7:10 PM

    Heres the thing. Roddy White just showed everyone that he is a racist. That pretty much sums it up. Now he is trying to backpedal on his comments so people don’t think he is a racist. Well, you can’t put the crap back in the horse.

    I am shocked at how many black racists there are who are in the spotlight. I always thought some folks were a little bit extreme for their cause, but this verdict, and the reaction from black players and other black leaders makes me think we have a real problem in this country. We have reversed roles from the 1950′s south.

  47. timebandit24 says: Jul 14, 2013 7:24 PM

    The saddest thing about this is that it like so much of the”unrest” that was feared is hate and race driven.

  48. realdealsteel says: Jul 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    Zimmerman called 911 4 times and reported 4 other black men BEFORE the Martin incident. So for anyone to say race had nothing to do with this is fooling themselves.

    With that said, White express how he felt and I agree with his statement. That is what the jury should do.

    The 911 tape was enough evidence to convict someone if Zimmerman was Black and Martin were white. That’s the truth of the matter.

  49. raider316 says: Jul 14, 2013 7:29 PM

    When you try to qualify an apology with an excuse its not really an apology. Its PR

  50. bullethead527 says: Jul 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    I hope Zimmerman runs over your dog in a road rage incident and then shoots you when you confront him.

  51. datmr says: Jul 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    What do these bone heads know about the case, the facts, the evidence, the verdict? Nothing. Not one damned thing other than “it has to be wrong since the white man went free”. Play football and keep your mouths shut cuz you don’t know anything about the facts of the case. And by the way, no one cares what you think because, again, you don’t know anything about it. Sick to football.

  52. tpkaufma says: Jul 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    White is another NFL “fool” who shows his true self buy shooting off his mouth based purely on emotion with no brain power behind it, then retracts the comment after his public relations “handlers” talk him back off the cliff. He is who he is, a victim of himself and a fool who needs to think before he speaks, if that’s possible for him.

  53. ghent32 says: Jul 14, 2013 8:45 PM

    Bet any amount of money that these comments from Roddy White, Victor Cruz, and James Harrison were motivated STRICTLY due to skin color.

    They wouldn’t even be aware of this case otherwise.

    Comments by them were hideously out of line.

  54. Shinnbone says: Jul 14, 2013 8:57 PM

    Perfect example of how you can judge some of these NFL trouble makers. Just because you have millions in the bank doesn’t mean you’re a great person it just means you’re more of what you were before you got paid.

  55. rwsupporter says: Jul 15, 2013 1:11 AM

    Not one statement off race or “racial” injustice stated by RODDY WHITE.. It was an emotional statement of truth…. And any human who cares about injustice should be just as vocal… If you are ignorant enough to fire shots at Roddy White, the NFL,the Falcons team to create a racial spin…dig deep within yourself and determine if racism has laid dormant in you. Strangely enough it is presenting itself now !…TAKE RACE OUT OF THIS! Roddy White is a human! … with beliefs, rights and opinions. It takes a person with his kind of influence to express how millions of white, black, asian and hispanic people feel around the world . Look at what one tweet can do, now how can we leverage that power to bring back balance to this world. I am in full support of him being emotional. We should be. His comment humanized him and made him real… RODDY WHITE IS MORE THAN A PLAYER, HE IS A MAN OF PURPOSE… WILL THERE BE ANOTHER..

  56. 1historian says: Jul 15, 2013 6:19 AM

    “Inviting other people to kill themselves for fulfilling a civic obligation because you don’t agree with their decision is a bad road to go down.”

    Ya think?

  57. adm350 says: Jul 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    He only apologized bc the falcons and nfl made him. They’re his true colors, but hey, it’s America, speak freely.

  58. jm91rs says: Jul 15, 2013 8:57 AM

    Not that Roddy White cares, but I used to like this dude. Zimmerman was a fool for pursuing, but if he thought he was going to die at the hands of Martin he had every right to pull the trigger. As a black man that studies law, there just wasn’t a case here. To hear from black athlete after black athlete how horrible this verdict is disappoints me. Whether they like it or not, they are fanning the flames of hate. Maybe he should study the facts, because if you can’t make an informed statement don’t make one at Roddy.

  59. rwsupporter says: Jul 15, 2013 7:05 PM

    Roddy White has a camp for kids. The man loves young people of course he was disturbed by the verdict. He genuinely loves young people. It happened get over direct your attention to something worth complaining over. Gosh people!

  60. grammerlearntouseit says: Jul 16, 2013 2:06 AM

    Wow, these people went to college?
    It is called grammar! Try it for once.

  61. BH says: Jul 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    It’s absolutely pathetic to read posts like this that completely butcher the English language (American language). Does anybody in this country actually know how to write a paragraph without 50 grammatical errors? I’m with you, I’m sick and tired of watching American citizens continue to dumb down common, rudimentary English composition. It’s infuriating and a sad indictment on the American public school system.

  62. damyouscubasteve says: Jul 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    Roddy white is a cry baby. He can’t help himself.

  63. bighurt228 says: Jul 16, 2013 9:54 PM

    This fool should just catch footballs and leave justice to someone else. Guess his true colors showed for a sec. Talk about reverse discrimination!! Wonder if he tweeted after OJ was cleared??

  64. marcg1957 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:11 PM

    Like OJ’s acquittal back in 1995 the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonal doubt that OJ had killed 2 white people (Nicole Brown & a male friend Goldman). White people including the victims’ family had to live with OJ walking off. Sure we protested but we didn’t threatened to kill OJ because he was acquitted. The prosecution could not prove without a reasonable doubt that OJ. Had committed the crime.

    This Zimmerman case is the same. The prosecution failed to prove that Zimmerman did not commit the crime in self defence. People should accept the verdict the same way as we had to accept OJ’s not guilty verdict back then.

  65. damyouscubasteve says: Aug 14, 2013 8:40 AM

    I wonder if O. J. would have been accused of a hate crime like zimmerman if it were a present day case.

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