We last saw cuddly, kind-hearted American patriot George Zimmerman auctioning the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen. On Wednesday, news broke of Zimmerman getting punched in the face for, according to some testimony, bragging about killing Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Florida restaurant. In 2012, Zimmerman noticed Martin walking home and called 911 to report his suspicion that the boy was up to no good
Now, you aren’t going to believe this, but the altercation began when George Zimmerman, a gentle, mild-mannered defender of virtue, complimented a patron’s Confederate flag tattoos. The man, returned the compliment, asking paragon of all that is right with the world George Zimmerman “aren’t you that guy?”
At this point, some witnesses claim that Zimmerman, a saintly local hero doing remarkable work building bridges in the local community, boasted about killing Trayvon Martin. Another patron, unhappy with Zimmerman flexing his resume, argued with Zimmerman until punches were thrown. Zimmerman called 911 after being punched, fearing for his life and worried “[the assailant] would [expletive] shoot me.” If only this sweet, peaceable man had some means of self-defense.
Interestingly enough, the restaurant owner tells a very different story. From the Orlando Sentinel:
[Gators Riverside owner Ed Winters ] said the incident started when Zimmerman approached a shirtless patron who had just come in from the St. Johns River and told him he didn’t like one of his tattoos. After a few words, Zimmerman walked back to his table.
A friend of the first man to approach Zimmerman — who was at the restaurant with family celebrating a 12-year-old’s birthday — walked over to Zimmerman to confront him, Winters said.
The two argued, but no punches were thrown, Winters said.
The two shoved each other, but Winters said claims of anything further are “blown out of proportion.”
Winters said Zimmerman called 911, prompting a full-fledged response from the police and fire department.
Zimmerman had been to the restaurant at least once before the incident, but Winters said Gators Riverside asked him not to come back after the debacle.
“Everywhere this guy goes he causes controversy,” Winters said. “You’d think he’d keep a low profile.”
Surely, there are no other altercations Zimmermann blew out of proportion.
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