In an interview with entertainment website The Blast, George George Zimmerman threatened to beat rapper Jay-Z and feed his body to an alligator. Zimmerman made the threats while referring to Jay-Z's upcoming documentary series on 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who Zimmerman killed in February 2012.
The former Florida neighborhood watchman, who was later acquitted of killing Martin in 2013, alleged that Jay-Z's documentary team was harassing his family members, including one of the production members known as Michael Gasparro. Neither Jay-Z nor Gasparro have responded to Zimmerman's accusations so far.
Without ever explaining just exactly how Jay-Z's team members allegedly "harassed" his family, other than showing up at their house, Zimmerman said that he knows how to "handle" people. Making an indirect reference to the killing of Martin five years ago, he said, "I know how to handle people who f*ck with me, I have since February 2012."
According to The Blast, Zimmerman added, "Anyone who f*cks with my parents will be fed to an alligator." He also accused Jay-Z's team of paying his ex-wife to participate in the documentary series.
Zimmerman later clarified his remarks to the Orlando Sentinel, stating, "What I said is I would beat him as if I was Solange, and he would find himself coming out of the south side of a gator if he comes to Florida and bothers my family."
The remarks cane in response to the legendary rapper's plans to create a multiple-part documentary series on Martin under the title of Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. The series will cover six parts and is set to air on Paramount Network in 2018.
Although Jay-Z has yet to respond to Zimmerman's threats, rapper Snoop Dogg took to social media to address the comment, and he did not hold back. The rapper responded to Zimmerman's threats via Instagram and said, "If one hair on jays hair is touched, that's when the revolution will b televised. [T]he system let the Bitch ass motherf*cca get away with murder try it again. Trayvon Martin Gone but not forgotten."
Jay-Z 's documentary series will focus on Martin's death. In April, Jay-Z spoke about the series and said:
This is an important American story. We’re honored that Trayvon’s family has entrusted us to share the truth with the world. Thank you, again, to Paramount Network/Spike TV for being brave enough to partner with us and tell these complex narratives. It’s through these conversations that we can begin to heal.
This isn't the first time that Zimmerman has expressed something shocking. Instances from the past reveal a pattern of peculiar behavior. In May 2016, he tried to sell the very weapon he used to fatally shoot Martin on a gun website. The website reportedly went ahead and cancelled the auction while stating that it wanted "no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving."
In 2015, Zimmerman made a strange and grainy video in which he blamed former president Barack Obama for causing racial strife in the United States. He also criticized the former president for being an inadequate leader. Then in 2016, Zimmerman called the Black Lives Matter movement a group of "terrorist cowards." The progressive movement, which highlights police brutality, held protests throughout the country after the shooting of Martin as well as Zimmerman's acquittal.
Given his eyebrow-raising record, it isn't exactly out of the norm that the ex-neighborhood guard reportedly issued threats against Jay-Z and Gasparro. But he may be forgetting that in most American states, a death threat is a felony. And that could mean big trouble if he's still in Florida where the law is pretty tough about issuing a credible threat against someone's well-being.