Former Giant Victor Cruz hasn’t had an opportunity to strut his stuff in the NFL this season, but if he gets a chance, he’ll make a stand by taking a knee during the national anthem.
“I haven’t played this year so I haven’t been in a position to take a knee,” Cruz told us at the Sandy Hook Promise to Host Benefit at the Plaza Hotel. But, he said: “I would, yes.”
The 31-year-old from Paterson, N.J. thinks President Trump weighing in on the controversy only inflamed a hot topic.
“He’s done that with everything,” Cruz said. “His priorities are in the wrong place. He’s looking to be a pop culture star and not looking to lead this country.”
Former star Victor Cruz wants to return to the NFL and says Odell Beckham will be back too.
Cruz put politics aside at Tuesday’s Sandy Hook benefit when he greeted Patriots owner and Trump supporter Robert Kraft with a big hug.
“I have individual relationships,” Cruz explained. “I take people for what they are, I don’t necessarily judge them for their relationships. It does seem a little awkward to the naked eye but other than that, I just treat people as individuals.”
Cruz last played for the Giants in 2016 after two years of — ironically — rehabbing a serious injury he took to his right knee. He was released by the team in February 2017 and signed by the Chicago Bears in May. They too cut him in September.Though the Salsa dancing pass catcher hopes to play again.
“It is difficult from a moral standpoint… wanting to play the game and come back, but you know, it is what it is,” he said. “You can’t control it so there’s no sense in losing sleep over it.”
Players kneel during the national anthem
Cruz doesn’t think a fractured left ankle will stop the Giants current superstar receiver, Odell Beckham, from returning to superstar form.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Cruz said. “He has a tremendous work ethic. I think his body is still young so he’ll recover nicely. He’ll be back playing at a high level again.”