After Criticizing Kaepernick, Victor Cruz Now Realizes Racism is Real After Teammate’s Home Vandalized With Racial Slurs
Back in August, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a bunch to say about San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and how he didn’t approve of him kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I think, personally, the flag is the flag,” Cruz said. “Regardless of how you feel about things that are going on in America today, and the things that are going on across the world with gun violence and things of that nature, you’ve got to respect the flag, and you’ve got to stand up with your teammates. It’s bigger than just you, in my opinion.
“I think you go up there, you’re with a team, and you go and you know you pledge your allegiance to the flag and sing the national anthem with your team and then you go about your business, whatever your beliefs are.”
Fast forward to December and Victor Cruz is singing a different tune after teammate FB Nikita Whitlock’s had his home robbed and vandalized with racial slurs, swastikas, and Trump slogans plastered all over his wall.
“I think it’s definitely a direct reflection of how this country’s being run and how this country’s reacting maybe to some of the decisions, some of the ways that this country’s being run and things that are being said by people at the helm of this country and at the helm of our day-to-day lives — our day-to-day, from social media all the way up to the White House.”
“I think there’s a specific mindset that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for, and there’s a certain type of person that comes with that, and I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person. You know what I mean? You just have to be careful. As a minority you have to be careful. As a person of influence you have to be careful, and you’ve just got to make sure your family’s safe and give them the knowledge to stay safe in this world.”
“I mean, look at this country,” Cruz said. “Joe McKnight dies in the middle of the street, ya know?”
“If you’re angry about … my opinion and you’re not angry at guys dying without a care, without being armed, they’re not causing harm, they’re not doing anything wrong, then that’s our issue,” Cruz said. “That’s the problem, is that you’re worried about what someone of influence might be talking about and his opinion rather than attacking the issue at hand. And that’s innocent minorities dying on a daily basis, and dying on a weekly basis, and going through things with their family.”
Just like any other situation, if you don’t quite believe some things are happening in this world, give it some time. Life has a way of exposing things for all to see.