Rivera, speaking on “Fox & Friends,” waded in with an opinion on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a story that has attracted national attention over the past month. He later acknowledged that his comments were “politically incorrect.”
People wearing hooded sweatshirts are often going to be perceived as a menace, Rivera said.
“I’ll bet you money that if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way,” Rivera said.
When speaking of Martin, Rivera said, “God bless him, he was an innocent kid, a wonderful kid.”
But the veteran commentator also said the case should be a warning to parents to watch what their children should wear.
“If you dress like a hoodlum eventually some schmuck is going to take you at your word,” he wrote in a commentary posted Friday on the website Fox News Latino.
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