We got something similar out of New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who was upset at the George Zimmerman verdict over the weekend and tweeted “Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him.”
Cruz quickly deleted the tweet. “It was wrong,” he said of ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show. “I’m human and things happen and I own up to it.”
OK. That’s a good start. But listen to Cruz’s actual apology. “I took it back because I understand how things can be taken,” Cruz said. “There are a lot of children that follow me, a lot of kids that follow me, and I don’t want them to think I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. That’s not what I’m here for. That’s not what my intent was — or is — at all.”
Well, actually, that’s exactly what Cruz’s intent was. No one took that tweet wrong. The tweet was completely understood by everyone. Cruz was predicting — maybe advocating — that Zimmerman undergo street justice.
It was similar to the tweet of Falcons receiver Roddy White, who said the jurors should “go home and kill themselves.” White’s apology was much better: “I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.”
What we’ve got is a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter, which seems to afflict many of the people who use it.
Remember the old U.S. Open golf adage. That the tough Open courses don’t penalize great golfers, it identifies them? Same with Twitter. Twitter doesn’t’ penalize idiots. It identifies them. Twitter allows the public to look into your mind. Ready, fire, aim. That’s what Victor Cruz and Roddy White did. White at least apologized for it.
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