Whatever point Geraldo Rivera was trying to make last year when he blamed Trayvon Martin’s death on his hoodie was scuttled yesterday when he suggested wearing a hooded sweatshirt was the equivalent of flying a pirate flag in front of the Coast Guard. It was a terrible analogy, but Rivera felt vindicated by reports that the George Zimmerman jury believed the hoodie contributed to Zimmerman’s suspicions about Martin, telling Fox News:

I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I? I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said that Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear. He was wearing the hoodie. Turns out now that we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police. He didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie.

It sounds as though Rivera is about to stop nagging people about their wardrobes, after one last warning.

Time to put away the hoodie talk for good?


  • $17227379

    Bad thing is, he works at Fox, and people like Cenk Uygur are using this moron’s rants as justification to say all of Fox News is racist.

    • Texan357

      Lunatics like Cenk Uygur will use the word “the” to “prove” that the target person or organization is evil / racist / misogynist / whatever. There’s no “don’t feed the trolls” with psycopaths of his ilk; to them, everything is food.

  • thanos0145

    Trayvon Martin isn’t dead because he wore a hoodie. He’s dead because he acted like a thug against someone who was legally bearing a firearm.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      He’s dead because he thought he’d beat up a guy he thought was gay, I wonder how many gay people he bashed before he made the mistake of trying to bash a concealed carry permit holder?

  • squire77

    Will Mr. Geraldo please just shut up. By your own words we feel your attitude and your foolishness. Go take a walk with the Son of God; There is a good chance you will receive wisdom for your life, son. Mr Rivera, we all need a Jesus moment every hour of every day, son. As the old saying goes, LETS GET A LIFE!!

  • Texan357

    “have ‘the talk’ with their sons about keeping themselves safe in the real world”

    Yeah. “Son, never throw the first punch, and don’t ever just beat the ever-loving %&#! out of someone for no reason.”

    • arcticmoon

      Only Zimmerman knows who threw the first punch, because Trayvon is dead and can’t speak for himself. Zimmerman lied so many times, that I don’t believe a thing he says about what happened that night. Zimmerman claimed he knew nothing about stand your ground which turned out to be a big lie. He was a 200.lb man with mixed martial arts training and cop traing fighting a 140 lb skinny teen. It is hard for me to imagine he couldn’t have gotten away if he wanted to.

      • Republicanvet

        Why were those “lies” not used against him then? Have you ever been sucker punched on the nose? How would you react if you were?

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Whatever you do, don’t fight back! The other person might get scared and legally shoot you.

      • grais

        Where did you get that “200 lb” bit? He was 185 lbs when he was arrested.
        Trayvon’s autopsy reports him to be 158 lbs. He had his 158 lbs on top of Zimmerman and was pummeling him. He was also 4″ taller. And quite the seasoned fighter himself.

        Do you have any theories as to why Trayvon got all the way to his father’s girlfriend’s backyard and then doubled back to find Martin?

        Maybe he wanted to share his Skittles?

      • Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

        Did you read any real facts or are you so racist that you just make up crap as you go. He is not a MMA fighter or any cop training besides cops are lousy fighters. Martin wasn’t that 12 year old in the picture he was a 6 ft 17 year old who thought he was a ganster. But that is not a reason to shoot someone. Attacking them and beating their head against the curb is a reason to shoot someone. I carry concealed everyday and if someone was beating me like Zimmerman was getting beat on I would have done the samething. It beats hoping he doesn’t kill you. That is the problem with people, they will believe whatever they are told if it fits what they want to be true.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        Of course we know who threw the first punch. George Zimmerman, an impartial observer with absolutely no possible incentive to lie about it told us that it was Trayvon. Good enough evidence for everyone here to just go ahead and declare that story gospel truth.

      • burnadams

        Guess you didn’t read the autopsy report. The ONLY injury on Trayvon (besides the gunshot) was a scrape on his KNUCKLES!

        I wonder how he got that?

      • Connie M

        It is hard for me to imagine MARTIN couldn’t have gotten away if he wanted to. Are you telling us that he could not have outrun Zimmerman?

  • Magnifico

    I wear hoodies….have worn them since grade school as a wrestler doing cardio when it’s cold. It’s not thug-wear.

  • Peyton

    I own a few hoodies and wear them commonly when it’s cold. I have yet to be shot while wearing one.

    • arcticmoon

      your probably not black. Apparently Geraldo thinks Black kids need to play by a different set of rules.

      • Peyton

        I’m not, but I can assure you that you couldn’t tell when I have it on. Arms in the pockets, hood cinched tight with a hat on.

  • adam

    Yes, I too thought I’d never have to sit my son down and say “Don’t go around hitting other people in the face”

    • grais

      Well, he’s speaking about a lot of very, very stupid people.

  • grais

    Heraldo seems completely unaware that millions of kids of all colors wear hooded sweatshirts.
    He gets dumber every day.

    • rae palmer

      Millions of kids don’t put up the hoods, then cut through people’s YARDS in the DARK when there have been gang robberies.

  • adam

    The problem with Geraldo is he can never admit that he is wrong. I saw him on Fox after the verdict talking to Juan Williams. He kept saying “This whole thing had nothing to do with race” and then he’d go into some long speech about how horrible race relations are in this country.

  • LinTaylor

    Geraldo, you ARE a cheap joke. Please do us all a favor and take another chair to the face, that way they’ll wrap your head up in bandages and maybe you’ll shut up for a while.

  • arcticmoon

    Out of 6 white folks I saw today, 4 were wearing a hoody. Am I to assume they are thugs? This is ridiculous, kids where hoodies and ball caps and baggy jeans, that doesn’t mean they are looking to rob your house anymore then Mark Zuckerburg or Justin Bieber is, as they both wear hoodies. What Geraldo is saying is that if you are black you had better not follow the fashion trends of the rest of the teenage world unless you want to be profiled. My 60 year old blue eyed white husband wears a hooded sweatshirt when he goes fishing, it doesn’t make him a thug. Geraldo is an idiot plain and simple. If the truth be known he has probably worn a hooded sweatshirt in his life.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Geraldo, riddle me this, how come there haven’t been more hoodie related shootings if the “hoodie” is a “Trait” that profiler’s use to identify criminals? Why have we just this one incident reported in the news?

    Also have you seen the casual sweat suit outfits many grandma’s wear? Including the ones with hoodies? Although come to think of it, my elderly mother might be up to no good 😉

  • Faithful Sentinel

    No! Violently attacking GZ for “walking up on him” cost trayvon his life. Law School refund?

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    She looks suspicious/

    • rae palmer

      Is she wearing it in hot, humid Florida? In the dark? While cutting through people’s yards? After several gang robberies had taken place? Let’s think people.

  • GrindingMills

    ASSAULT HOODIE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wootsauce

      Hahahaha! Nice. Way to tie this in with all the other ridiculous crap the Left says. I appreciate the laughter.

  • Republicanvet

    I be creep out by Jerry. Crazy a$$ cracka.

  • The Penguin

    I suppose teaching them to “not slam someone’s head into the pavement” would be a good lesson.

  • TocksNedlog

    “I hate to brag”
    — But he loves lying.

  • TommyR

    When Martin decided to punch Zimmerman in the nose and then mount him and pummel him, he sealed his fate. The hoodie played a very minor role.

  • stuckinIL4now

    So when is Geraldo putting on his hoodie?

  • Ron Morisseau

    To bad Geraldo didn’t have a hoodie to pull over his face with the Al Capone vault fiasco

  • Rick

    A black man on YouTube gave the best explanation I have ever heard . He said when a black man kills another black man it gives the black victim’s life no value. But whe he is killed by a white man, his life value increases and is worth much more. That’s why Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, and Holder don’t care about black on black crime, those blacks killed have zero value. Sad but true.

  • Emily B

    I wore a hoodie the other day…..and lived to tell about it.

  • Markward

    Go back to opening Capone vaults, Geraldo.

  • NRPax

    Supporters of Trayvon can be outraged, and still have ‘the talk’ with their sons

    That’s the problem, though. How many of them aren’t having ‘the talk’ with their sons or even being involved in their lives to begin with? Let’s take that problem on and solve it, you pornstache-wearing, psychotic race-bating, turpentine-swilling, second-rate tabloid journalist.

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  • spepper

    “Geraldo Rivera bitterly clinging to theory that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie killed him”
    Yeah– that, and the fact that the person inside Trayvon’s hoodie, on top of and pummeling George Zimmerman into the concrete, got him killed, in self defense

  • Bemani Dog

    No, the facts that (a) he was stoned and (b) his girlfriend claimed GZ was a “gay predator” are what killed him.

  • Beau Toxx

    The fact of the matter is a hoodie, like a screw driver, crowbar, lock pick , etc are the tools of the trade of thug/burglers. Trayvon Martin was found to have a large flat screwdriver and jewelry fitting the duscription in a stolen property report by school police. Zimmerman’s instincts were more than probably right