Update on Sun., Feb. 16: Philly.com reported that George Zimmerman would've continued on with his fight without celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman. Instead Alkiviades "Alki" David originally planned the fight from an undisclosed location with another opponent for Zimmerman. However, after the Trayvon Martin Foundation refused to take any charity funds from the fight, David canceled the second fight and confirmed via Twitter on Feb. 11.
Update on Sat., Feb. 8*: Rolling Stone reports that the Zimmerman and DMX fight has been canceled.
According to the RS report, "I looked into the eyes of my son and daughter today and couldn't imagine someone killing them and getting off scot-free," said promoter Damon Feldman. "It just really hurt. It was a tough decision because I could have made two million dollars here, but at least I have my dignity."
However, PhillyMag is a bit more skeptical of the cancellation based on the promoter's conscience. Their take? Feldman said, "I just got tired of all the hassle and the death threats."
WhiteHouse.gov's We the People section also had a petition out against the fight.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who killed teenager Trayvon Martin, will be participating in a celebrity boxing match on March 1. Three rappers were top choices as final opponents, and DMX won the selection round on Tues., Feb. 4.
Anyone who saw the Trayvon Martin tattoo on rapper Jayceon "The Game" Taylor's lower left leg wouldn't be surprised that he put in a bid for the match.
"Man, Zimmerman can train for the rest of his life," The Game said in a TMZ interview to Zimmerman's promoter Damon Feldman. "I've been boxing since I was six years old. I'm not training for this fight. I'm getting in there, and Zimmerman won't last three minutes."
According to the interview, Zimmerman was also interested in fighting rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons. Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman was interested in fighting rapper Kanye West, too. CNN reported that Zimmerman's request for an opponent totaled 8,000 e-mails in the first hour to Feldman and over 15,000 by the time the choice was made.
While DMX's reasons for fighting Zimmerman are slightly more graphic, The Game's rationale for wanting to fight Zimmerman is, "Anybody with the opportunity, and if you could do it, you know, and it was legal and there were no repercussions for knocking Zimmerman out, why not?"
TMZ confirmed that DMX was the final choice the day before Martin's birthday.
Zimmerman was found not guilty on Sat., July 13, 2013, of shooting Martin on Sun., Feb. 26, 2012, after following him through the neighborhood of Martin's father. Six female jurors met for 16.5 hours before coming back with the final verdict after deciding between guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty.
Although Zimmerman believed Martin was "up to no good" while walking in their Sanford, Fla., neighborhood, the teenager was actually walking home from a convenience store with Skittles and an iced tea drink. After calling the police, Zimmerman got out of his car to follow Martin. When told by a 911 dispatcher that there was no need to follow Martin, Zimmerman explained to police that he was just trying to get a nearby address for the police to come to.
It is still unknown who was the aggressor in the fight that happened shortly after Zimmerman ended the call. Zimmerman's nose was injured, and Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman.
After being found not guilty, Zimmerman's weapons (Interarms .380-caliber handgun, a Glock 19 handgun, a Kel-Tec 12-gauge shotgun and an AR-15 assault rifle) were returned to him.
The celebrity fight is for charity.
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