Victor Cruz: I Wouldn’t Be Opposed to a Twitter Editor

Back from two weeks’ vacation, Dan Patrick and the Danettes relaunched things in the Man Cave this morning with a timely guest: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. The athlete explained why he deleted his controversial Twitter reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict, replacing the message with an apology and several other more heartfelt observations:

“In the moment, when it happened – I’m not going to lie, I was a little angry. As a father, you think about if that was your son, if that was your kid… I put out the tweet as a reaction to what I was seeing on Twitter, to what my friends and family were writing on Twitter.”

“And I put the tweet out there and once I put it out, I thought, ‘Man, it’s not the right thing to say.’ There’s kids that follow me and I don’t want them to think that I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. Those aren’t my intentions, I’m not that type of guy. Where I come from, I heard violence outside my window each and every day, and I don’t want to be someone to promote that even more so.”

On the broader issue of athletes using social media, Patrick asked Cruz how he would feel if the player’s agency told him they were going to assign someone to edit, vet his tweets. “I won’t be opposed to that,” Cruz answered. “If there was ever a tweet that I wanted to put out there and I had to question myself about it, I think that’s when you go to your agency and say, ‘Hey, what do you think about this tweet?’ And they may give me another way of wording it or saying something else.”

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