Feb 8 (Reuters) - The celebrity boxing match between rapper
DMX and former Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman
has been called off, entertainment news website TMZ said on
Promoter Damon Feldman said on Twitter that the three-round
match, which generated a public outcry this week, was called off
because there's "more to life then money," TMZ said.
The potential match was set for March 1, which would have
been the 19th birthday of Trayvon Martin, who was killed in 2012
by Zimmerman. It would have pitted Zimmerman, who was found not
guilty in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager,
against the trash-talking musician with a history of arrests,
most of them drug or driving offenses.
Martin's shooting and Zimmerman's self-defense claim
polarized the nation on issues of racial justice, stand your
ground laws and gun control.
TMZ quoted Feldman as saying on Twitter, "Just looked at my
son and daughter today wow I'm so lucky those people must be in
so much pain ... all you people are right."
After the fight between Zimmerman and Earl Simmons, better
known as DMX, was announced earlier this week, Feldman met a
barrage of criticism, with civil rights leader the Rev. Al
Sharpton cautioning against glorifying Zimmerman.
The promoter also came under intense attack on Twitter. One
Tweet to him said, "We just wish you could make a living without
helping a killer profit from his deed."
Feldman's Tweets that the fight was called off were deleted
from his Twitter feed.
After Zimmerman's acquittal, his lawyer said it would be
difficult for his client, like defendants in other notorious
crimes, to find normal employment.
In his 2013 trial, Zimmerman was accused of profiling,
following and shooting Martin, a guest in a gated neighborhood
in central Florida, as the teen was returning from a convenience
store. Zimmerman claimed self defense.
The trial put the spotlight on Florida's stand your ground
law, which allows someone in fear of his or her life to use
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with
the law. He has twice been stopped for speeding, once in Texas
and again in Florida.
In September, Zimmerman was questioned by police after his
estranged wife called authorities saying he threatened her with
a gun. He was not charged in that incident.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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