The Giants' wide receiver signed a five-year, $43 million extension on July 9. A three-year veteran, Cruz had 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.
After the George Zimmerman verdict, you tweeted, "Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him." You then apologized. Can you explain what you were thinking?
VICTOR CRUZ: In the moment, I was a little angry. As a father you think about if that was your son. You want some type of justice to be served. Then the verdict comes, and it's the opposite of what you thought it would be. I put out the tweet as a reaction to what I was seeing on Twitter. Once I put it out, I [thought] that's not the right thing to say. There's kids who follow me, and I don't want them to think I'm inciting violence. I'm not that type of guy. Where I came from [in Paterson, N.J.], I heard violence outside my window every day. I don't want to be someone to promote that.
Can you describe why you were angry?
VC: Discussing it with friends and family, we felt there was no way Zimmerman wouldn't get something. Whether it was 30 days in jail—we wanted some sort of repercussion for [Trayvon Martin] passing away.
Why don't agents have a person who helps edit tweets?
VC: I wouldn't be opposed to that. You really have to be careful about social media right now. Anything can become news—whether good, bad or indifferent—in a matter of minutes.
How hard is it to leave your friends from home behind?