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George Zimmerman seeks opponent for celebrity boxing match



(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second-degree murder last year in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, plans to take up celebrity boxing and is on the lookout for an opponent, the website Radar Online reported.

Zimmerman, 30, linked to the Radar Online report in a post on his Twitter account with the words, "Here we go."

Promoter Damon Feldman is behind the celebrity boxing match, set to take place on March 1, according to Radar Online.

"Boxing isn't new to me," Zimmerman told Radar Online in an article posted on the celebrity news outlet's website last week.

Zimmerman began boxing long before the February 2012 incident with 17-year-old Martin that drew national attention, he told Radar Online. The case polarized the nation around issues of racial justice, self defense and gun control.

Zimmerman's plans to enter the ring come after he successfully capitalized on his celebrity in December by auctioning a flag painting on eBay, selling the artwork for just over $100,000.

Some of the proceeds from the event would go to an animal rescue charity, Zimmerman told Radar Online, but he declined to name the organization. He also suggested he might not box again after the event.

"Obviously if I get my butt kicked around, then no!" he told the website.

Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling, following and shooting Martin, a guest in a gated neighborhood in the town of Sanford, Florida, as Martin was returning from a trip to a convenience store to buy Skittles and iced tea. Zimmerman claimed self defense.

Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch captain at the time of the shooting, in July 2013 was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's death.

The trial put the spotlight on Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows someone in fear of his or her life to shoot.

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with law enforcement officials. He has twice been stopped for speeding, once in Texas and in Florida.

In September, Zimmerman was questioned by police after his estranged wife called authorities saying he threatened her with a gun. He was not charged in the incident, which occurred a week after she filed for divorce.

Zimmerman was arrested in November on domestic violence charges that were dropped last week after his girlfriend withdrew her complaint.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Grebler)

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GBoettcher41 February 10 2014 at 11:42 AM

Why didn't Zimmerman just punch Trayvon Martin instead of shooting him?

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fveex2 February 05 2014 at 3:47 PM

Will George be able to pull the trigger with boxing gloves on?

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cheryl February 04 2014 at 1:44 AM

I don't watch boxing at all,but this one I would so watch as long as Zimmerman don't make anything off of it.

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Chuck Thiel February 03 2014 at 1:48 PM

I would say he lost his last two boxing matches, his ex-girlfriend and Martin.

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Brian February 03 2014 at 1:21 PM

Based on the provocative headline, "zimmerman is looking for a fight", I can safely say "so is the media". Stop provoking this guy and start reporting on more important things that pertain to your readers and viewers, fools.

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mbrheljr February 03 2014 at 12:55 PM

"...'Boxing isn't new to me,' Zimmerman told Radar Online in an article posted on the celebrity news outlet's website last week..."

Isn't this quite the revelation?

During Zimmerman's murder trial, the defense painted a rather vivid picture.

Defense claimed the 17-year old decedent was beating Zimmerman so badly he feared for his life, justifying him fatally shooting his assailant.

As we all know, the jury found him not guilty.

The Double Jeopardy clause found in the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means he can NEVER be retried for the same crime b/c he has been "once in jeopardy."

I've been a CA trial lawyer since 1977, as both a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor.

Being a defense counsel first made me a much better prosecutor because it taught me where all the proverbial bodies are buried.

Based on the facts presented AND Florida law, at the time of the verdict, I was satisfied the Zimmerman trial outcome was proper.

Now, having said the aforesaid, not being aware of this part of Zimmerman's past causes me to ponder some issues:

(a) was his lawyer aware of his alleged pugilistic skill at the time of the trial?

(b) if so, did he have an ethical duty to inform the court of this, somewhat akin to the duty to disclose an alibi defense?

(c) Or, does the 5th Amendment negate such a requirement?

(d) If not, did failure to disclose perpetrate a fraud on the court?

(e) was the prosecutor aware of (a) herein above?

(f) if so, why was such evidence not presented in either their case in chief or in rebuttal?

Maybe time for me to write my next book...

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mrmeoff65 February 03 2014 at 9:28 PM

Who are you kidding you would have taken his money and did the same exact thing! The world knows the biggest crooks are lawyers all you care about is money What if it was your son he killed? So hear you are saying time to write my next book GOLD DIGGER if your such a great person give the money to Travons family! keep your butt in CA,

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lruben1049 February 03 2014 at 12:50 PM

zimmerman has boxing experience? Where was that experience when a 17 y/o skinny kid waxed that azz? The Game took up his challenge, but I doubt that the cowardly georgie will accept The Game's challenge. zimmerman is the lowest form of any living creation on the planet, and nothing short of a total azz whippin will suffice here.

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debnaert February 03 2014 at 12:45 PM

He and OTHERS show their ignorance everyday......... I think MEN are the biggest PROBLEM IN THE WORLD! They fight, Kill, Rape, steal, etc. etc. etc. On the average MORE MEN ARE TO BLAME FOR THE PROBLEMS IN THIS WORLD!

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Chuck Thiel February 03 2014 at 1:50 PM

You're not be chance looking for a "Father Figure" are you?

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mrmeoff65 February 03 2014 at 9:20 PM

Not all men are what you say many of us hate men like him as much as you do. If what you say was true why do they have womens prisions???????????????????? Let me guess your in a same sex marriage LOL

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tutukunk February 03 2014 at 12:37 PM

This man is a clown....I'd be interested to know who he thinks the 'CELEBRITY' is!

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English not Span February 03 2014 at 12:36 PM

He flatters himself. He is not a celebrity. I hope he gets knocked flat. Check him for a gun first, of course.

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