Old George Zimmerman MySpace Page Surfaces

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
On an old, long-unused MySpace page, Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman made some disparaging comments about Mexicans and also referred triumphantly to his escape from 2005 legal troubles stemming from his confrontation with law enforcement officers.

FILE - In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman, right, stands next to a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2012. Whether Zimmerman is allowed to leave Seminole County as he awaits trial, and how he will remain safe, are two questions that likely are going to be at the center of the hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, legal experts say. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Pool, Gary W. Green, File)

MIAMI (AP) - May 2, 2012 -

On an old, long-unused MySpace page, Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman made some disparaging comments about Mexicans and also referred triumphantly to his escape from 2005 legal troubles stemming from his confrontation with law enforcement officers.

The 2005-dated page, confirmed as authentic Wednesday by Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara, also mentions a 7-year-old domestic violence incident between Zimmerman and a former girlfriend, and the page includes several photos.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin in the central Florida city of Sanford. The case has sparked racial tensions around the country because Martin, who was unarmed, was black, while Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother. Martin's family and supporters claim he was a victim of racial profiling

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in the community where Martin was shot, has claimed Martin attacked him and that he fired only in self-defense.

On the MySpace paged called "onlytobeakingagain," Zimmerman uses the name "Joe G" and discusses leaving his hometown of Manassas, Va., and how much he misses his friends. Then he veers into a slang-filled riff -- with many words misspelled -- involving Mexicans who lived in the area.

"I don't miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft (expletive) wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) don't make you a man in my book," Zimmerman writes on the page.

"Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!" he adds, providing no details about these alleged incidents. The existence of the MySpace page was first reported by The Miami Herald.

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said Wednesday that prosecutors could use Zimmerman's MySpace comments against him.

"It's not just speculation and innuendo. He has a history and a habit of profiling people," Crump said. "He thinks certain things about certain racial groups."

A statement posted on a Zimmerman defense site run by O'Mara concedes that the comments "will cast Mr. Zimmerman in a less-than-favorable light" and that they could become evidence in the case. The statement says there will be no comment on the MySpace statements for that reason, but it does confirm that the posts were by Zimmerman.

O'Mara also said on the website that an accountant and former Internal Revenue Service agent has been chosen to oversee Zimmerman's legal defense fund, which has collected more than $200,000 so far. The fund will be used to pay legal fees and for Zimmerman's living expenses.

Two August 2005 blog posts on the site make reference to Zimmerman's legal problems. In one, Zimmerman exults about how two felony charges stemming from a physical altercation outside a bar with a law enforcement officer were dropped to a misdemeanor.

"The man knows he was wrong," reads part of the post. Ultimately, the misdemeanor charge was also dropped when Zimmerman completed a pretrial diversion program that included an anger management course.

The second post mentions a legal battle with an "ex-hoe," likely a reference to a 2005 incident in which a girlfriend accused Zimmerman of attacking her. He was not charged in that case, and on the blog post Zimmerman writes that the woman "tried her hardest, but the judge saw through it!"

Zimmerman's wife testified during his bail hearing last month that her husband told her he was actually defending himself in that incident, not the other way around.

Crump, however, said Zimmerman's comments about the legal issues are telling.

"You think you can always get away with stuff," Crump said. "Every time I go to court, I win. I beat it."

The social media world has been a key aspect of the Martin case. It was via such sites as Twitter and Facebook that discussion and outrage began to build nationally because police did not initially arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law as the reason.

It has also played a part in the public images of both Martin and Zimmerman. On a former Facebook page of Martin's, for example, some critics of how the teenager has been portrayed noted possible references to marijuana use. Martin was in Sanford with his father because he had been suspended from his Miami school over discovery of a plastic baggie containing marijuana residue.

The statement on the Zimmerman defense website says that scrutinizing the MySpace postings "invites scrutiny of the social medial accounts of all parties involved."

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  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    They are [media] using a typical ploy, using history to affect the present, when it has nothing to do with the case. It happens regularly. Nothing to see here, move along.
  • by GV Location: Ga on May 3, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    I got a question for everyone,what if he was a racist?Does only non racist people get to protect themselves?
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      by me on May 3, 2012 at 05:19 AM in reply to GV
      Do only non-racist people get to protect themselves? If Zimmerman was non-racist Trayvon would still be alive. If Zimmerman, hadn't gotten out of his car to confront a "thug", armed with a 9 mm, Trayvon would still be alive. Really, the question is, do young black men get to protect themselves when they're being stalked by wannabe cops? If people in this country can't walk through a neighborhood without having the police called, without being confronted, without being shot dead, without having the police treat you as if you were the criminal, then there is no justice.
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        by GV on May 3, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to me
        Why do idiots like you refuse to know the truth?Have you heard the evidence?The evidence shows that when 911 told him not to follow,he said ok,that he couldn't see him anymore anyway and was back at his vehicle when he was attacked.Travon wasn't shot until he was on top of GZ,as stated by a witness.Why do you idiots just make up lies that have nothing to do with what really happened?GZ was checking out someone suspicious when he was attacked.The 911 transcripts shows that GZ didn't even know what race travon was,and only said he thought he was black after the operator got him to state what race he was.Why do you idiots keep leaving out the truth and make up your own stories.All the evidence states that GZ killed TM in self defence.
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          by Bubba on May 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to GV
          What the evidence shows is that Zimmerman has a storied past of socially and legally marginal behavior, which in this case led him to murder a young man.
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          by GV on May 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to GV
          Bubba,the evidence shows that what led to his death was him attacking GZ and beating his head in the ground.Your posts are getting more and more irrevelant everytime you post.You sure you aren't"gerry" posting?
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          by GV on May 3, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to GV
          Bubba,also another CNN(I think it was CNN)has been fired for editing the 911 transcripts to make it appear that GZ was racial profiling.Bet WCTV doesn't show that story,though.
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          by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:19 PM in reply to GV
          @ Bubba on May 3, 2012 at 02:13 PM - Huh??? Are you kidding? Did we read the same story? All this shows is that Zimmerman has the same "socially and legally marginal behavior" as probably half of the rest of the population of this country. If anything, it shows he is your 'average Joe', no more, no less.
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          by phillygirl on May 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM in reply to GV
          Zimmerman can be heard breathing heavily AFTER being told not to follow him. So he lied when he said he stopped following. Also, why hasn't ANYONE interviewed Travon's girlfriend whom he called on the phone because he was afraid of Zimmerman following him? This whole thing makes no sense. Zimmerman started following Travon purely because he was black, putting fear into Travon. Zimmerman started the whole bleeping episode. If Travon eventually turn around and confront Z, it was Z's own fault! Why don't idiots like YOU see THAT?!
  • by SAXON LORD on May 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    So this crackpot goes on a public website and says he misses his hometown and his friends who are still there. Then the loon actually states he doesn't like Mexicans damaging other peoples property, and threatening people with knives. Plus, he has the unmitigated gall to use slang words and purposely misspells some of these words. Then he has the audacity to actually be glad that his life was not forever ruined because felony charges were reduced to misdemeanor charges, when he probably shouldn't have been charged with any charges in the first place. The icing on the cake is his rejoicing in the fact that a judge apparently had seen enough domestic violence cases to know that it's not always the man who is the violent one. Yessir, this monster is a true menace to us all, and needs to go straight to death row.
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      by Anon on May 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM in reply to
      You're probably the same idiot who said last month on WCTV Eyewitness News that Gary Michael Hilton didn't deserve the death penalty despite the fact that he was a brutal serial killer who dismembered his victims. You liberals are a joke and are the true "menace to us all".
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        by GV on May 3, 2012 at 05:44 AM in reply to Anon
        You are an idiot.Can you not tell that the post you responded to was sarcasm?You sound like the liberal.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to Anon
        Perhaps you need to have your sarcasm detection meter recalibrated.
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        by phillygirl on May 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM in reply to Anon
        Hey, hey, hey! Don't lump all liberals in with crackpots who defend Zimmerman!
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      by GV on May 3, 2012 at 05:07 AM in reply to
      yes,he is such a monster,right?lol.Anyone who misses their friends and doesn't like mexicans messing with their property should have been locked up long ago.
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      by ME on May 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM in reply to
      Yeah and you're clearly open minded! Huh!
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    Yawn. Hardly on par with taking a swing at a bus driver, taking jewelry that did not belong to him, defacing property, having an empty pot bag, stirring up racial tension across the nation, testing SYG, financially garnering money at rallies, etc..., trademarking your dead son's image and neglecting to note that the incident took place after 7 pm when sunset was at 6:23 pm in Sanford, Fl. on Feb 26th too dark to tell who was in a hoodie. Crump and Parks need to work in a small office next to a quick mart.
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      by me on May 3, 2012 at 05:20 AM in reply to Anonymous
      AND LET'S NOT FORGET WHAT HE ACTUALLY DID THAT DESERVED DEATH!!!! WALKING TO THE CONVENIENCE STORE. How can you see the keyboard with that sheet over your head????
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 09:04 AM in reply to me
        No, people all over the world walk to the convenience store every day with no consequences. It's the knocking someone down, then trying to beat their brains out that crosses over into new territory.
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          by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 04:09 PM in reply to
          Sorry anon, but people who have their brains beaten out, don't refuse medical treatment.
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          by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 05:48 PM in reply to
          @ Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:09 PM Where did I say he had his brains beaten out? I said "trying to beat their brains out". Refusing medical treatment is no indicator of the seriousness of a person's injuries. I knew 2 people who, after being in car wrecks, refused medical treatment, then fell over dead within 5 minutes. I also knew one child who died after a diving accident. When he got out of the water, he was asked if he was hurt. His last words were, "I'm fine, I'm not hurt." He died within seconds.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 08:30 PM in reply to me
        @Me When you beat a man's head into concrete and that person fears their life is slipping away then they have every right to use whatever means at their disposal to preserve that life including a gun. Apparently, you have been at the key board so long you have lost your capacity to think clearly. Having a relative with a brain injury from hitting the ground who will never be the same, I'd say I have more experience than you. These people are never the same, their personality changes, memory impairment and will never be able to function as they did prior to the event-if they survive it. The fact that you think it is alright for a thug of any age, background and gender to beat up another human being says volumes about you. None of it flattering. BTW Are you assuming my ethnicity? What a fool.
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        by ME on May 12, 2012 at 01:52 AM in reply to me
        Don't be a liar. I'm not some idiot that lives in the ghetto with you. Martin was punk like every other screwball that's out on a Sunday night looking to steal property out of cars.
  • by I'm just sayin Location: USA on May 2, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Let's see if I understand this correctly. If I'm in a low income neighborhood which is a white residential trailer park and a relative, let's say a white male, comes to visit. Upon leaving, he discovers his vehicle has been broken into. Should he think it is one of the neighborhood children/teenagers that roams the streets and knows the area. Absolutely. So, he calls the police and a report is initiated as well as fingerprints. WM goes home and "tweets" about his experience in the "not so affluent white trash neighborhood". Was he wrong Hell no! It's not stereo-typing, it's freakin' life!!! Stop turning this into a race war. Let the justice system do it's job!!!
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:44 AM in reply to I'm just sayin
      Spot on
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      by truck on May 3, 2012 at 04:33 AM in reply to I'm just sayin
      w/e racist.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 04:11 PM in reply to truck
        This does not further the race argument, rather it casts Zimmerman as a less than stable individual. That makes his story even less believable. Did you not read in the article the 2 attacks Zimmerman made on seperate people he was able to wiggle his way out of?
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          by GV on May 4, 2012 at 05:36 AM in reply to
          Well what about Trayvon attacking a bus driver?How does GZ attacking someone years ago make him guilty?If that is the case,then why is Trayvon not guilty when he has already attacked someone?
  • by Anonymous Location: tally on May 2, 2012 at 04:36 PM
    There is no known contridictory evidence that Zimmernan's statements are incorrect. He said he was following in a vehicle, lost Martin and got out of vehicle to see where the man went. Then as he was returning to his vehicle was confronted by Martin and was assaulted by Martin and knocked to the ground and had his head smashed into the concrete. Fearing for his life, he pulled his gun and fired one shot in self defense. That sounds logical and perfectly legal to me. He should be found innocent unless there is evidence to contridict his account of the incident. All the Jessies and Als in the world complaining does not alter the facts. And by the way, lets have a look at Martin's web site to see what he has said.
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      by truck on May 3, 2012 at 04:34 AM in reply to
      the problem is that he had no legal right to pursue ANYONE. another thing youre overlooking, is mr. martin's rights.. since when does a person not have a right to walk home while talking on a cell phone minding their own business?
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:10 AM in reply to truck
        have you listened to the 911 tape? When the 911 operator told him not to pursue, he stopped. Later in the same 911 call Zimmerman stated thet he lost sight of Martin and no longer could give cops direction to where Martin was. Your insistence that he pursued him only holds up to the point where he stops pursuing him. What we don't know is how they got close enough to fight. We know that Zimmerman had already quit following Martin.
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          by jw on May 3, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to
          I'd like to know what 911 tape you listened to. I hear the tape several times. AND THAT is NOT what I HEARD. HE had NOT stoped following!!
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          by GV on May 3, 2012 at 01:19 PM in reply to
          jw,what 911 tapes are you listening to?Another CNN reporter was fired for editing the tape.Go listen to the one on Fox News,the only one that has played it entirely.You can call them faux news or whatever you want,but they are the only ones who have not had to fire anyone over editing the audio.He did quit pursueing and was back at his vehicle and was attacked.
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          by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:53 PM in reply to
          I've listened to the tapes, too, and you are right. He said "ok" when told they didn't need him to follow. Of course, not needing someone to follow isn't the same as telling them not to follow. The person on the phone had no authority to tell him not to follow and following him was perfectly legal. I also heard him say he ran and Zimmerman didn't know where he went. I'm not sure where these other people are getting their information.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:50 PM in reply to truck
        Actually he DID have a legal right to follow. I can follow you all day long yelling obscenities at you if I feel like it and you would have NO RIGHT to attack me for it. If you think it is against the law to follow someone then you don't know the law. The only time it is illegal is if there is a restraining order against you. TM did have a right to walk home and GZ had a right to follow him and call the cops. TM did not have the right to attack and if that is what he did then GZ had every right to shoot him.
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      by Jessica on May 3, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to
      The problem is that all the "facts" come from Zimmerman. He could not possible have a motive to lie could he? The only objective evidence is that Zimmerman started the fatal encounter by following Martin as shown on the 911 tapes. After that everything is in question because Martin is not alive to tell his version of the story. So when is murder not murder? According to most of the people on this website its when you can kill someone without a witness present and say you were defending yourself. Hope none of you ever have an altercation with someone and no one is there to witness your DEATH.
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        by NOMNOM on May 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to Jessica
        I heard the 911 tape in full. He stopped following him after they advised him to stop. The Media is brainwashing you and everybody else.
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        by GV on May 3, 2012 at 01:15 PM in reply to Jessica
        There is a witness.Why are you people purposely leaving that bit of info out?The witness states they travon to top of GZ.
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        by Tally Native on May 3, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to Jessica
        Jessica, you are dead wrong sweetie. Please go back to school and learn the law. In THIS country, a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. You can't just decide that because the other person isn't there to tell you what happened then the survivor must be lying. It doesn't work that way. If you can't PROVE he is guilty then he walks. Plain and simple. I would rather let a guilty man walk free than put an innocent man behind bars. Our forefathers wanted it that way, too. And by the way, following someone is LEGAL. To answer your question, murder is not murder when it is self-defense. If Martin attacked Zimmerman then it is legal for him to have been shot. Sorry you don't like it but that is the way it works here.
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      by ME on May 12, 2012 at 01:55 AM in reply to
      So the fact that Zimmerman was attacked by a 6' 3" man and had his head bashed into the concrete is immaterial? I think not! He had the gashes to prove it too. SO I guess I'm a racist for protecting a guy that you've decided is guilty. Hardly.
  • by Mark on May 2, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    Trayvon was not an angel. Look at his Facebook page. He was a thug.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 03:58 PM in reply to Mark
      And twitter and youTube. He was no angel and well on his way to becoming just the opposite.
  • by Double Standard on May 2, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    Why doesn't the national media report the story about the gang of 30 to 100 blacks that beat up the white couple in Norfolk, Virgina two weeks ago? Look it up people.
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      by dog on May 3, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to Double Standard
      White "Virginia Pilot" news reporters attacked by Black mob. The Liberal news media Covered up the story. Al, Jessy and Crump were no where in sight.
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        by Tru Dat on May 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM in reply to dog
        Al, Jessy, and Crump were not in sight due to the fact that there was no money to be made or cameras to pose in front of. "WE AINT IGNANT" -Al Sharpton (2012)
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    If that's all they can come up with, they are truly grasping at straws.
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