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Celebrity fight between rapper DMX, George Zimmerman called off



(Reuters) - The celebrity boxing match between rapper DMX and acquitted Florida killer George Zimmerman has been called off, its promoter said on Saturday after threats were made against him.

The three-round match would have pitted Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, against the trash-talking musician with a history of arrests, most of them drug or driving offenses.

Damon Feldman, who has organized numerous bouts between celebrities, said on Twitter that the Zimmerman-DMX match was off after generating a public outcry this week.

"Done with George Zimmerman if you had a major payday sitting in front of you, I know no one else would walk away like I did ***Next!!," he said in a Tweet.

Martin's shooting and Zimmerman's self-defense claim polarized the United States on issues of racial justice, stand your ground laws and gun control.

Feldman came under a barrage of criticism after the fight between Zimmerman and Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, was announced on Wednesday, Martin's birthday.

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, who has backed Martin's family, cautioned against glorifying Zimmerman. The "Cancel George Zimmerman's 'Celebrity' Boxing Match" Facebook page generated 315,000 "likes."

Sherry Schaefer, Feldman's assistant, said that the promoter had been threatened and had to get a bodyguard.

Feldman was approached about seeking a bout for Zimmerman, although the promoter did not consider him a celebrity, she said.

Schaefer said billionaire Alki David had backed the proposed fight for his FilmOn.com online television service.

The fight was first set for March 1 and then switched to March 15.

In a statement, a spokesman for DMX said the rapper had never agreed to the fight and it would not affect his concert schedule.

After Zimmerman's acquittal, his lawyer said it would be difficult for his client, like defendants in other notorious crimes, to find normal employment.

In his 2013 trial, Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling, following and shooting Martin, a 17-year-old guest in a gated neighborhood in central Florida, as the youth was returning from a convenience store. Zimmerman claimed self-defense.

The trial put the spotlight on Florida's stand your ground law, which allows someone in fear of his or her life to use lethal force.

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law. He has twice been stopped for speeding, once in Texas and again 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 that incident.

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THE BIG O.G. February 11 2014 at 4:34 AM

How can a promoter sey up a fight between two parties when one of the parties knows nothing about it? That's crazy!

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scrupie February 11 2014 at 2:18 AM

Zimmerman is a wqorthless to socitey, Al Sharpton can join him. (racist in hiding)

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hhenrybjennings scrupie February 11 2014 at 4:16 AM

Yes he is.

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OneLove scrupie February 11 2014 at 4:37 AM

I am still waiting for Al Sharpton to organize a black on black crime protest. Al, will be very busy.

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partsautomall February 10 2014 at 4:06 PM

GOD THIS COUNTRY IS DIVIDED LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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dadiscool February 10 2014 at 4:07 PM

Doesn 't matter who fights who as long as it generates money for a morthy cause

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dadiscool dadiscool February 10 2014 at 4:08 PM

worthy

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Jay McKay February 10 2014 at 4:12 PM

George Z and the Octomom seems to have something in common. They both will try and do anything to remain relevant and in the spot light. They, like so many others just do not want their "15 min of fame" to die out.

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ANGELOCOOL February 11 2014 at 7:15 AM

LOVE AND BROTHERHOOD AT ITS PEAK ,,, INSTEAD OF KILLING YOUR PATHETIC RACIST SELVES ,,U SHOULD ALL BE LOOKING TO HELP EACH OTHER , AND MR. ZIMMERMAN U SHOULD BE LAYING LOW

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BRUCE February 10 2014 at 7:33 PM

It was called off because neither one of them are celebrities...

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kayciaccio BRUCE February 10 2014 at 8:00 PM

I agree!! GZ is a celebrity in his own mind.

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aaldrew February 11 2014 at 7:31 AM

I was hoping to see Zimmer get his azz kicked.

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lbn78 February 10 2014 at 4:16 PM

Oh come on..Not this guy AGAIN!!

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majorg1000 February 10 2014 at 3:46 PM

Who is surprised at this? The fight would have been called off if GZ had proclaimed the Sun is rising in the East.

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