George Zimmerman just can’t seem to steer clear of negative media attention. This time, he’s making headlines for threatening to beat up and then feed Jay Z to an alligator.
Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed Trayvon Martin in 2012, who was unarmed and carrying nothing but Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. He was acquitted a year later after a jury of mostly white women decided he was not guilty of both murder and manslaughter. The death and its subsequent acquittal spawned a national debate about racism.
Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has purchased the film rights to Martin’s story. He is working on a six-part documentary on the slain teenager, entitled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which will wrap up and air in 2018. The legendary rapper is also working on a biographical feature movie about Martin.
The making of at least one of those films has triggered bizarre threats from Zimmerman, who claims that people working on the documentary have been harassing his family members. Zimmerman told The Blast that unsolicited visits have been made to members of his family, attempts to get them to speak on camera about the controversial killing for the docu-series.
“I know how to handle people who f--- with me. I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman told The Blast. “Anyone who f---s with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012,
On Sunday, Snoop Dogg weighed in on Zimmerman’s threats.
He wrote on Instagram that if “one hair on jays hair is touched that’s when the revolution will b televised.” The rap icon also called Zimmerman a “b*tch ass muthaf****”.
Zimmerman claimed in 2013 that he killed Martin, 17, in self-defense. Since his acquittal, he has been unable to lead a quiet life. The same year he dodged jail he sold a painting on Ebay for over 100K. It featured an American flag with the words “God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All.” In the item description, Zimmerman wrote, “I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-)” Two years later, he painted and sold a Confederate flag with the slogan “Our 2nd Protects Our 1st” after being inspired by the tale of a Floridian gunshop owner who was sued for refusing to sell guns to Muslims.
This outburst was not the first time Zimmerman threatened a rapper. In 2014, he threatened to beat DMX’ ass in a boxing fight, according to CNN. A match was scheduled but later canceled.
Zimmerman has also been arrested since his acquittal.
He was arrested on domestic violence battery after pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, who later recanted her statement. Charges were subsequently dropped. Zimmerman was arrested again in 2015 for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at a girlfriend. Charges were also dropped in that incident. Zimmer was shot and endured minor injuries during a 2015 altercation with a man named Matthew Apperson. One year earlier, Apperson claimed Zimmerman threatened to kill him.
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