Posted on March 28, 2012

Fox’s Geraldo Rivera: I’m Sorry for Hoodie Comment

David Bauder, Yahoo! News, March 28, 2012

Fox News Channel commentator Geraldo Rivera said Tuesday that he’s sorry for suggesting that a hoodie worn by unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was as much responsible for his death as the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.

Rivera said a conversation with his oldest son on Monday convinced him he was wrong. Rivera said it was the first time 32-year-old Gabriel Rivera had said he was ashamed of something his dad had said — and it caused the dad a sleepless night.


Rivera’s comments last week triggered an angry response among people concerned about the case involving the 17-year-old Martin, who was carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea while returning to the Sanford, Fla., home of his father’s fiancée when he was shot last month.


Rivera said he was apologizing “for offending anyone.”

“I apologize for the language,” he said. “I don’t apologize at all for the substance of my advice. I was trying to save lives.”

{snip} Rivera said he wanted urban parents to realize that clothing their children wear — such as hooded T-shirts or low-slung pants — could appear menacing to people who don’t know them and could put them unnecessarily in danger.


“I wanted to provoke a response,” he said. “I never expected it to be a viral avalanche.”