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Victor Cruz: Apologies aren't what they used to be

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: July 16, 2013
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) of the NFC breaks away from Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis (98) and Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) of the AFC to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) of the NFC breaks away from Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis (98) and Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) of the AFC to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Is anyone else getting tired of half-hearted apologies? You know the kind I’m talking about. Someone in the spotlight says something stupid, is called on the carpet and told to apologize, and they say something like “if I offended anyone…” or “if someone took my intentions the wrong way…” In other words, sorry that you were unable to handle what I said. That’s no apology.

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.

 


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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