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NFL's Victor Cruz, Roddy White apologize for George Zimmerman tweets

July 15, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, left, and Atlanta Falcons wideout Roddy White both apologized after tweeting their initial reactions to the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict.
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, left, and Atlanta Falcons wideout… (Stephen Dunn / Al Messerschmidt…)

NFL stars Victor Cruz and Roddy White are no different than many other Americans who were outraged at the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial this weekend.

The difference, though, is that Cruz and White are NFL receivers who have Twitter feeds with hundreds of thousands of followers each.

Both men tweeted rather extreme reactions Saturday night after Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Each of them have since apologized for their tweets.

Upon hearing the verdict, the Atlanta Falcons' White tweeted an expletive with Zimmerman's name, wondering what kind of world we live in. He followed that with this emotionally charged statement:

By the next morning, he had toned it down:

According to USA Today, the New York Giants' Cruz initially tweeted on Saturday night: "Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up with him."

The next day he posted a series of apologies and an explanation as to why he chose to delete his earlier tweet:

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