ATLANTA, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has apologized following an inflammatory tweet targeting jurors in the high-profile murder trial of George Zimmerman.
Emotions are running high in the wake of Saturday night’s not guilty verdict. Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The 29-year-old has maintained it was an act of self-defense.
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White took to Twitter to condemn the acquittal saying, “(Expletive) Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live.”
Within the hour, White followed up with, “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a child.”
As the tweet garnered backlash on social media, White tweeted the next hour, suggesting that opponents were targeting him.
“It’s crazy how people on Twitter want me to get in trouble for a tweet that they are retweeting because they want something to happen thanks,” he said.
The next day, as the tweets gained more media attention, White issued a Twitter apology saying the tweet about the jurors was fueled by emotions.