Last week, the world was shocked when the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case was given a verdict. Without getting into the legal matter too much, many believe Zimmerman should be in prison for life after allegedly murdering the young boy. After it was announced that would not be the case, everyone — including professional athletes — took to social media to express their opinions.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was one of the more publicized figures to do so. After hearing the news, White tweeted:
“All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”
The tweet was later deleted by White after it received plenty of controversial attention. White later apologized for his harsh words the next morning by tweeting:
I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013
This isn’t the first time White has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. He has taken to social media in regards to his feelings on homosexuality as well as talking smack about the city of New Orleans.
With so much talent, White lacks the brains to harness his public perception and turn it into something positive. He doesn’t seem to care much about how people view him, thus making statements on social media without thinking first.
White needs to keep his mouth shut and focus on the fact that his Falcons can’t get over the hump even though they possess a team that has dominated regular seasons over the past couple of years. Less tweeting and more work would do the guy some good.
If he put the same type of emotion and effort into working even harder in the offseason as he does getting his opinions across on social media, maybe Atlanta would have a better chance at success in the long run.