06 Feb 2014 Throw in the Towel on George Zimmerman Boxing Event
It was announced this week that George Zimmerman, the man cleared of murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin almost two years ago, is involved in negotiations to box rapper DMX in a three-round match as early as next month.
DMX is reportedly in negotiations on money and terms. Celebrity publicist Domenick Nati said “[n]o contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet.” Promoter Damon Feldman said he wants to have the planned pay-per-view event to happen as early as March 15. Zimmerman says he will give any money he earns from the event to charity.
I thought the proposed “celebrity” boxing match that is being planned between George Zimmerman and DMX was a hoax until I researched it.
Sadly, it’s not.
A boxing match — with proceeds allegedly slated to go to charity — is actually being discussed between George Zimmerman and DMX!
While I am a fan of the Second Amendment, boxing and non-fratricidal hip hop music, I can’t say I’m enamored by this proposed bout.
The literally deadly serious matter that originally propelled Zimmerman into the global spotlight has, within it all, elements that are too explosive and are better left alone.
Its racial dimension alone begs asking why is this a wise idea. It smacks of a gladiator match pitting factions of the public who are on violently-opposed sides of that controversial case against each other.
Perhaps some good hovers on the horizon for this stunt, but my initial reaction is simply to shake my head in disgust.