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Victor Cruz Apologizes for Controversial George Zimmerman Tweet

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has apologized for a message he sent on Twitter in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

“Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn’t last a year before the hood catches up to him,” Cruz posted on Twitter.

He sent a series of tweets Sunday calling his message from a night earlier a “mistake,” adding that he “never will advocate violence under any circumstances.” The original message has since been deleted.

“I apologize, that’s why I deleted it,” one of Cruz’s messages says. “I believe conversation not confrontation leads to change and progress.”

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin after a three-week trial in Florida.

Cruz recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Giants reportedly worth $43 million.

During an appearance with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN in New York Monday morning, Cruz said he expected some backlash over the tweet, but was surprised by the extent of some of the messages.

Cruz and the Giants will travel to Landover on Dec. 1 to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football.

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