George Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and the Florida jury’s findings caused an uproar among many people. A few athletes shared their thoughts on the acquittal, and the results were some pretty tasteless tweets.
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said the verdict “make you wanna scream free Aaron Hernandez.”
"@Mathieu_Era: Damn make you wanna scream free Aaron Hernandez.." stay in school kids. Educate yourselves.
— Eytan Shander (@Shander_NBC) July 14, 2013
Mathieu deleted that tweet.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz predicted that Zimmerman would be killed as people in the hood got revenge:
He deleted that tweet.
And then Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said the jurors who acquitted Zimmerman should “kill themselves” for their decision:
All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013
White’s Twitter feed is a stream of controversy, so it’s no surprise he has not deleted.
Lest you think all athletes said stupid things regarding the verdict, I’ll share with you the sensible thoughts of linebacker Jonathan Vilma:
I get if you're mad about the verdict. I don't get going out and looting/rioting 5min from where you live. Be constructive not destructive
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) July 14, 2013