In an interview on Thursday with Fox News, George Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, pleads that his son has been portrayed in the wrong way. Robert finally spoke out about the events that took place the night George shot and killed 17-year old, unarmed Trayvon Martin, the controversy surrounding the case and what the Zimmerman family has dealt with as a result. Instead of placing any responsibility on his son, Robert justifies the innocent teen’s murder, adds that George isn’t racist, and blames all of the “hate” towards George on President Barack Obama and the organizations who are seeking notoriety. Robert Zimmerman’s goal may have been to set the public straight about the “truth” through his interview, but what he accomplished from his selfish and uncompassionate responses was verifying the negative image of his son and confirming the grounds to arrest him.
The story Robert tells about the night of Trayvon’s murder includes details of the alleged abuse George faced from the young boy. Even though a 911 dispatcher told George not to follow Trayvon, Robert claims he did so in order to find an address to give to police.
"He went to the next street, realized where he was and was walking to his vehicle. It's my understanding, at that point, Trayvon Martin walked up to him and asked him, 'Do you have a [expletive] problem?' George said, 'No, I don't have a problem,' and started to reach for his cell phone... at that point, he (Martin) was punching him in the nose, his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete," Robert Zimmerman said.
When Robert was asked about the screams for help following the first gunshot, he responded, “All of our family, everyone who knows George, knows absolutely that is George screaming. There's no doubt in anyone's mind.”
What fathoms me is why George would scream for help after the first gunshot? He was the one who pulled the trigger on Martin. It makes more sense that Trayvon would cry for help after being shot at. There is one last gunshot following the cries for help, after which the cries stop.
The beating Robert describes that George received from the young boy is severe, yet the police surveillance video of George that night doesn’t show any visible injuries. Robert’s response to this was, “I don’t know what the video showed. I haven’t seen it … He wasn’t given any medical attention, but they may have cleaned him up there at the scene. I don’t know.”
George’s injuries would have been evidence of the beating he encountered from Trayvon; why would the police clean George up on his way to questioning? Even the lead investigator that night did not buy Zimmerman’s story. He wanted to file manslaughter charges against George, but he was overruled by the state’s attorney.
The most appalling response from Robert Zimmerman was when he was asked if there was anything he wanted to say to the Martin family:
“Um, there’s really not much I can say. I’m sorry for all the hate that’s going around from their attorneys — from everyone involved. They’re just making up things that are not true about George and um, I have no ill feelings towards anyone and I know George doesn’t either. How he is being portrayed is an absolute lie.”
He doesn’t really have much to say? How about I’m sorry for your loss? Robert is upset about the treatment George has been receiving, but he has no remorse that his son murdered this innocent boy. He doesn’t sympathize at all with Martin’s parents. George may have been portrayed as evil in the eyes of the public, but that doesn’t change the fact that Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman’s image has tarnished, but his life hasn’t.