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George Zimmerman's brother says Twitter rant a 'mistake'

Robert Zimmerman, Courtesy CNN

Robert Zimmerman, Courtesy CNN

ORLANDO, Fla. — The brother of George Zimmerman, the man charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, said on Wednesday he was wrong to tweet a series of racially charged comments about his brother's case.

"I made a mistake," Robert Zimmerman Jr. said during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "It unfortunately may not have helped George."

George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for killing Martin, who was 17, after an altercation in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.

Prosecutors contend George Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch captain, racially profiled Martin, then pursued and shot him while Martin was returning from a convenience store to a townhouse where he was staying with his father.

Robert Zimmerman this week posted side-by-side photos of Martin and one of two teenagers arrested last week in a fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy as his mother was pushing his stroller down the street in a coastal Georgia town.

The separate photos showed Martin and the teenager posing while making an obscene gesture.

Robert Zimmerman wrote in a tweet, "a picture is worth a thousand words ... any questions?" In another tweet, he said, "Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky."

Morgan, in his interview with Zimmerman, called the tweets "incendiary" and "bordering on outright racism."

"I understand this was controversial and I apologize," Robert Zimmerman said.

Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's lawyer, has criticized Robert Zimmerman's tweets.

George Zimmerman's trial is set to start in June.

Comments

MRKIA 1 year ago

HE'S GOT THAT RIGHT CAUSE GEORGIE BOY IS HEADED TO THE SLAMMER.

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MRKIA 1 year ago

BTW: THANKS ROBERT FOR THAT EXTRA NAIL.

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VSU 1 year ago

Messege to Robert, if there is any chance of your brother being acquitted, you are not helping your brothers chances any. You are just adding points to the prosecutors case.

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dmyers80 1 year ago

Youre right, you know procecutors will try and use that to show a pattern of learned behavoir... I wonder how much did this Idiot think he was helping?? Reminds me of Rev Jeremiah Wright from Obamas first campaign!

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Jacob 1 year ago

Wow. Do you really believe that?

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dmyers80 1 year ago

The problem is that everyone wants approval!! If you feel like that fine dont have a problem with letting it be known... I for one can deal with a racist who is willing to admit to being one, way better than an covert one... now you have a great place to start the discussion, but if you are lying about the way you view the situation, then you are working against your own best interest.

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MRKIA 1 year ago

ROBERT IS ONLY REVEALING HIS AND GEORGES COMTEMPT FOR BLACK FOLK. THERES A SEETHING HATRED JUST BELOW THE SURFACE.

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