George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted of murdering unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, has announced that he will be participating in a Celebrity Boxing match on March 1st. His opponent has yet to be named, but there are rumblings that it could be a rapper. The Game has already said he’d be interested. Anyway, Zimmerman spoke to RadarOnline.com first to announce the fight.
In the interview, Zimmerman referred to the death of Martin as merely an ‘incident’, and said that this would be a good way for him to focus on getting in shape and perhaps refocusing his energies into boxing.
“Prior to the incident I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss and a mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”
Zimmerman also refused to name the charity he was going to contribute his share of the money to. While it could be due to what he says, which is the charity would be bombarded with hate mail, it is just as likely, due to his past history, that he is just looking to pocket any money made from this endeavor.
This is an absolute disgrace that anybody would try to set something like this up and make money off of it. Zimmerman is not a ‘celebrity.’ He is notorious for killing an unarmed teenager and avoiding jail time, making him quite possibly the most hated man in America. His infamy has only grown due to his arrests for domestic violence since then. The fact that he has avoided jail time for those ‘incidents’ only compounds the hatred many have for him.
This would represent the absolute nadir of entertainment and sports if this match is allowed to move forward. Somewhere along the line, somebody needs to step up and prevent this from happening. There should be no way that Zimmerman should profit off of his own sociopathic behavior. The man is only known due to his own history of violence. And now he is going to reap the rewards of that behavior.
This event is hoping to attract those who love a good freakshow. But it is also hoping to cash in on racial animosity, hoping that blacks will tune in to see Zimmerman get badly hurt, while at the same time hoping that racist white folks will buy the PPV and root for their new favorite son. It will likely do great on pay per view and online, and I am sure the video will go super-viral online. And, in doing so, our own society will have slipped back quite a bit.
So, I beg of Damon Feldman, the promoter, please do not go through with it. Look inward and realize the damage that an event like this will do. Just cancel it and move on.