For those of you who are just hearing about this for the first time, we promise you this is not a joke: George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the shooting murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by hiding behind Florida’s flimsy “stand your ground” law, has not only signed a deal to be the next “celebrity” to enter the “Celebrity Boxing Match” ring, but will be facing an opponent who has vowed to “beat the living f**k ” out of him and plans to break “every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up.”
Rapper DMX was selected out of a staggering 15,000 applicants to face off against Zimmerman in the upcoming Celebrity Boxing Match, and as was reported by Radar Online, Zimmerman claims that the match was his idea. Apparently, before the “incident” (as George likes to call it) happened, Zimmerman had been hitting the gym and doing a little boxing to lose some excess weight and felt that a Celebrity Boxing match was the next logical step. Zimmerman was put in touch with Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman, and the gears started turning.
[box type=”shadow”]“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.”[/box]
Zimmerman will be achieving his weight loss goals and getting back into shape while being paid an undisclosed amount for appearing on the Pay-Per-View only televised event, with an undisclosed amount of the proceeds going to an undisclosed charity. Zimmerman has withheld the name of the charity over fears of possible negative reactions by the public, but did let the cat out of the bag by stating it had something to do with animals.
What has astonished many people around the world – even more than the fact that George Zimmerman is apparently a celebrity now for having shot and killed a teenager – is the apparent slap in the face of the American justice system that this “celebrity event” has caused, because it exposes a mammoth sized hole to the defense George Zimmerman presented in court.
Zimmerman claimed that on the night of the “incident” where he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he was fighting for his life against a teenage attacker who he felt was intent on killing him. A teenager that he was repeatedly told by police to not follow, a teenager that was carrying no weapon, a teenager who was half the weight of Zimmerman soaking wet, that posed such a dire and mortal threat that he had to be shot.
So having set the stage as a defenceless victim, how does one work up the nerve to step inside the ring with someone their own size, who has ACTUALLY stated they want to “beat the living f**k” out of them, and to do it all on purpose for money and fame … and not reach for a gun to defend them self once again? If Zimmerman was incapable of defending himself without the use of a gun against a teenager who was actively trying to get away from him, then why would he choose to face an adult hell-bent on mopping the floor with him, and still think he has a chance to win?
Or, as it was put so poignantly on Twitter:
If George Zimmerman’s fit to fight in a “celebrity boxing match,” then why couldn’t he fight off a teenage boy without reaching for his gun?
— Bhaswati Chattopadhy (@BhaswatiChat) January 31, 2014
Take a guess …