MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat were tweeting out their support for Trayvon Martin, reporter Geraldo Rivera took to the Fox News Channel to lay blame for the death of Martin on the teenager.

“I think the hoodie is much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” Rivera said on Fox & Friends Friday morning.

Martin was carrying iced tea and Skittles when he was shot to death by Zimmerman. Martin, 17, was also wearing a hooded sweatshirt, or hoodie. Zimmerman has claimed he shot in self-defense, even though 911 calls seem-to-contradict his claims.

Rivera later took to Twitter to say that his son opposed his position on Trayvon’s death and the role the sweatshirt played in the tragedy.

“My own son just wrote to say he’s ashamed of my position re hoodies,” Rivera tweeted a few hours after making his original statement.

Rivera said he wasn’t blaming the victim, but that “Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word,” he said via Twitter.

Rivera continued on Twitter, “Its sad that I have to be the one reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America – channel the rage.”

Comments (17)
  1. Abe Itterclinger says:

    Rarely do I agree with this man on ANY issue, however, I must admit Geraldo’s got it right this time. Dress up like a physician, people approach you like a physician. Dress up like a rodeo clown, people treat you like a rodeo clown. Dress up like a thug/criminal and people will appraoch you in that situation like a thug/criminal. How do you expect sensitized people who’ve been repeatedly exposed to crime to react? As I recall, and this may not be exactly how he worded it, but the Good Reverend Jackson even admitted to being apprehensive being approached by black men in an alley at night.

    1. NoQuarter says:

      Well said Abe. And I wonder how many sagged-pants hoodie-wearing visitors there are to the home of chaz11222 ??

  2. chaz11222 says:

    Blame the Hoodie? GIVE ME A BREAK. It was raining…. the kid was running…..and ….SORRY… but we don’t ALL use Totes umbrellas when going to the corner grocery store for a snack. Nor should we risk losing our lives while doing so!  And by his own admission, Mr. Zimmerman, the gunman, was stalking unarmed Trayvon – against the advice of the police (via cellphone contact). Mr. Rivera: you should be ashamed of your inane, insensitive comments, and your attempts to create “excuses” for the inexcusable actions of judge-jury-executioner Zimmerman. We are becoming a society that sees threats under every rock; a society that sees danger  with every “other” that is not like us;  a society with power hungry control-freaks (whether politicians or mayors or police chiefs or individuals) that are only too eager to take advantage of our fears; that are only too eager to get away with anything that they can, as they deprive us of our our liberty (and sometimes our lives), in the name of defending it. This is part of a slippery slope that includes the worst provisions of the Patriot Act, the police spying on innocent people, the “right: to indefinite detention of Americans without trial, and self-proclaimed homicidal vigilantes such as we have here. It’s a slippery slope that leads to the police state/ Orwellian mentality that is typical of places such as China, Cuba, or 1960’s Communist Eastern Europe. We used to stand proud and free, and contrasted our open society to such places. Now we imitate them. Our country is better than this. WE are better than this.

  3. Nigel says:

    Jeraldo Rivera is a short sighted, narrow minded idiot who can’t see the trees from the forest. People with his lack of temperance or intelligence should be ignored, and not given a platform to speak from.

  4. pjgkdg says:

    I am 52 and white, and I wear hoodies when it’s cold out. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt does not make you a criminal unless there is a law against them. Mr Zimmerman became the agressor the momement he stepped out of his car to chase the “suspicious” person, against the police dispatchers advice. Even if Treyvon somehow attacked him as he says, how would any of us react to a gun toting maniac following us on our walk home?