Sunday, March 7, 2021

Victor Cruz: Racist Burglary of Teammate Nikita Whitlock Reflects New Trump Era

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants leaves the field after their 16-13 win over the New Orleans Saints during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants leaves the field after their 16-13 win over the New Orleans Saints during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

*New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz spoke out Thursday about the racist graffiti drawn during a home burglary of teammate Nikita Whitlock, calling the act a reflection of the mindset of people who support President-elect Donald Trump.

“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. I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person, if you know what I mean,” Cruz told reporters Thursday. “You’ve just got 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 is safe and give them the knowledge that they need to stay safe in this world.”

Cruz said he doesn’t think all Trump supporters are racist, noting some likely just wanted change while others preferred a businessman in charge of the country.

However…

“You can’t think of anything that that person that follows Donald Trump — that they’re going to do something positive,” Cruz said. “And for someone to vandalize someone’s house and write Trump’s name or whatever they wrote on the walls, it’s just proving that exact fact that I’m saying — that people that may follow him aren’t necessarily the most positive people in our community.”

As previously reported, police in Moonachie, New Jersey, are investigating the Tuesday night robbery, during which burglars drew a swastika and “KKK,” as well as the word “Trump,” on walls inside Whitlock’s home.

Cruz, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, (about 10 miles northwest of Moonachie), says the incident at Whitlock’s house hit home. “It’s just 20 minutes from where I grew up. This could have easily happened in Paterson. It could have easily happened in Clifton or Passaic or Lyndhurst even for that matter. This could have happened anywhere.

“To see something like that happen around here and to happen the way that it did — breaking into a home, the vandalism … Nikita has children. He’s got to explain that to his children. Not just right now. Five years from now, 10 years from now when they ask, ‘Hey, dad, remember when that happened?’ They have to answer those questions. He has to answer those questions to his children. It’s unfortunate. No one should have to go through that.”

Cruz didn’t seem to mind the potential backlash his Trump comments might cause.

“That’s fine with me,” he said. “I’m comfortable with that. I’m comfortable with people’s reactions to that. That’s my opinion, that’s my mindset, that’s the way I think, so I’m not upset at anybody else that thinks otherwise.”

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