George Zimmerman Won’t Go Away, Attempts Celebrity Boxing Match Once Again
Although George Zimmerman’s celebrity boxing match against DMX was canceled due to national outrage, it seems like he is intent on getting in the ring at all costs. Promoters for Zimmerman, who was acquitted last summer in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, canceled the fight after several petitions were created, death threats against them were made and Martin’s family refused to accept any money from the fight. But CNN now claims that Zimmerman is trying to jump start a boxing match again and has named several possible opponents including rapper Drake, actor Orlando Jones and the brother of NFL player Michael Vick.
His attempts at the public spotlight are particularly surprising because he was forced to flee the city of Miami earlier this month after a $10,000 bounty for his murder was issued. He was in the area to give a Florida interview with CNN, but still reportedly changed the time of his interview to make it earlier and then literally fled town. After Zimmerman tried to spend time on the beach with his girlfriend and son, he was reportedly recognized and then harassed by other people in the area. “I have a lot of people saying they guarantee they’re going to kill me,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I realize they don’t know me. They know who I was portrayed to be.”
The death threats came just days after he claimed to be “totally homeless” and suffering from PTSD after shooting teenager Trayvon Martin, as well as the aftermath of his trial. Zimmerman said he currently relies on his family for financial support and believes himself to be a victim in the situation, but still plans to move forward and go to law school.
“I would like to professionally continue my education and hopefully become an attorney,” he said. “I think that’s the best way to stop the miscarriage of justice that happened to me from happening to someone else. I don’t think it should happen to anyone ever again. Not one person.”
(Photo: Associated Press)