On Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday, George Zimmerman looking for celebrity boxing match

Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday.

George Zimmerman could be contemplating the life that he ended.  But instead, he’s lining up offers to take part in a “charity” boxing match.  He’s taking offers from anyone who will step in the ring.

It appears rapper DMX wants the chance to do some damage to Mr. Zimmerman.

From the Washington Post:

In one corner, you have an attention-starved former neighborhood watch volunteer who was made out to be a weakling during his second-degree murder trial. Remember how his former boxing coach testified that he “never got off shadow boxing, hitting the heavy bag and learning how to punch.” Zimmerman now claims boxing as a serious avocation long before what he called “the incident.”

In the other corner, you have a rapper who told TMZ that “I am going to beat the living f— out him. . . . I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f— him right up.” DMX’s long rap sheet of arrests and his fearsome look might make folks think that Zimmerman has signed his own death certificate by agreeing to fight him. Although, with so many charges for drug possession and being under the influence, is the 43-year-old in any kind of shape to take on the 30-year-old boxing enthusiast? Maybe that’s why he promises to break every rule in boxing.

I imagine if this happens, this will only be the first of several “reality show” opportunities  Zimmerman intends to take in order to hold on to some kind of “celebrity.”

Domenick Nati, publicist for DMX, says nothing has been signed yet in terms of committing to a boxing match with Zimmerman. Time will tell.

You do have to imagine though – how must Trayon Martin’s parents feel watching this media circus continue?

Read all of Jonathan Capehart’s article at Washington Post.

George Zimmerman back in court today

George Zimmerman found himself in court again today after his arrest on a felony charge of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. He was released on $9,000 bail.

Zimmerman’s arraignment has been scheduled for January 7.

George Zimmerman charged with aggravated assault after altercation with girlfriend

After police responded to her 911 call, Zimmerman pushed his
girlfriend out of the home in Apopka, and barricaded himself inside. A
table was broken inside the residence, and Zimmerman was not holding a
weapon at the time. Police said there were at least two weapons inside
the home.

Zimmerman’s girlfriend did not sustain any injuries.

The aggravated assault charge is a felony, and the other two charges are misdemeanors.

Police did not charge Zimmerman after an altercation with his estranged ex-wife in August.

(via TPM)

BREAKING: George Zimmerman taken into custody in incident involving a gun

George Zimmerman has been taken into custody in Central Florida after an incident involving a gun.

Lake Mary police say they were called to a house on Sprucewood Road Monday afternoon after a report that Zimmerman was involved in an altercation with another person with a threat involved.

ABC News is reporting Zimmerman was taken into custody after the domestic dispute involving his wife and father-in-law.

Since being acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been pulled over twice for speeding. And his wife recently filed for divorce.

UPDATE:  Think Progress has shared this audio file of the 911 call from Zimmerman’s wife to the police.

Story still developing.

President Obama on Trayvon Martin verdict – “Once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works”

In a surprise appearance at a White House press conference, President Obama said Friday that all Americans should respect the George Zimmerman verdict, but white Americans should also understand that African Americans continue to face racial discrimination.

From USAToday:

“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” said the President.

More than a year after saying that Trayvon could have been his son, Obama told reporters that, like other African Americans, he has been followed by security guards while shopping, and has seen motorists lock their doors or women hold tighter to their purses as as he walked near them.

“I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida,” Obama said.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman on Saturday night of murder in the 2012 death of 17-year-old Trayvon.

In a 17-minute address that got emotional at times, Obama said he respects the different views of the verdict, but the trial was conducted professionally, and “once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

As the Justice Department investigates whether to charge Zimmerman with civil rights violations in the wake of Trayvon’s 2012 death, Obama said state and local governments should examine whether changes to laws can head off violent confrontations. That includes racial training for law enforcement in order to reduce tensions between police and minorities, he said.

The president also questioned the wisdom of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which, in the view of critics, all but encourages confrontation that could turn deadly.

George Zimmerman would like an apology from the African-American community

From Politicususa.com:

An unrepentant George Zimmerman sat down with Sean Hannity and asked African-Americans to apologize to him, even though he never apologized for shooting Trayvon Martin.

With his attorney by his side, here is what George Zimmerman offered as an apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents, “I would tell them that again, I’m sorry. My wife and I don’t have any children. I have nephews that I love more than life, more than myself. I know that when they were born it was a different unique bond and love that I have with them,and I love my children even though they aren’t born yet. And I am sorry that they buried their child.”

The real kicker came when Zimmerman accused African-Americans of rushing to judgement and asked everyone who he claims rushed to judgement to apologize to him. Zimmerman said, “I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

Check out the video from Mediaite:

Anderson Cooper’s interview with Juror B37 from George Zimmerman trial

George Zimmerman Juror B-37 (B37) Interview With Anderson Cooper on CNN – Part 1 CNN’s Anderson Cooper landed the first “exclusive” interview with one of the six women who sat on the George Zimmerman murder trial jury for the last month. Seated in darkness and identified only as Juror B-37, the woman told Cooper is “seems like it’s been years” since the trial began and shared which moments of the proceedings had the biggest impact on her.

Speaking about the opening statements, the juror called defense attorney Don West’s knock-knock joke “horrible.” She said, “nobody got it. I didn’t get it until later, and then I thought about it, and I’m like, I guess that could have been funny, but not in the context he told it.” She told Cooper that in general she found the witnesses to be “credible” and said when it came to the 911 call audio of the screams, she believed those who said it was Zimmerman’s voice “because of the evidence that he was the one that had gotten beaten.” All but one of the six jurors agreed with that assessment. “I don’t think there was a doubt,” she said, “that everybody else thought it was George’s voice.”

If there was one witness who the juror didn’t find entirely credible it was Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel. “I didn’t think it was credible, but I felt sorry for her. She didn’t ask to be in this place. She wanted to go. She didn’t want to be any part of this case. I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communication skills. I just felt sadness for her.” She added, “she was embarrassed by being there, because of her education and her communication skills, that she just wasn’t a good witness.”

The juror had announced she was writing a book about the case, but
after hours of outrage on social media for Sharlene Martin of Martin
Literary Management LLC to drop the juror, it was announced that a book
deal was no longer in the works, via a statement published by Buzzfeed:

“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in
order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that
isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the
general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was
always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and
my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that
our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a
conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.

“Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I
have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing
any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was
called to sit on this jury.”