The boxing match between rapper DMX and Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman has been called off, its promoter said on Saturday after threats were made against him.
The three-round match would have pitted Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, against the trash-talking musician with a history of arrests, most of them drug or driving offenses.
Damon Feldman, who has organized numerous bouts between celebrities, said on Twitter that the Zimmerman-DMX match was off after generating a public outcry this week.
Feldman claims he now realizes the whole thing was a bad idea. Feldman released the following statement via his Twitter account.
“All you people are right. The George Zimmerman fight is canceled I’m sorry for anyone I hurt with this but this was a very big opportunity thank you. I want to thank everyone for the good n bad comments I’ve made the choice to cancel the fight w George Zimmermann more to life then money.
It was my decision to cancel the George Zimmerman fight it was worth a lot of money to me but people’s feelings meant more to me. I walked away from av million dollar payday with this fight but to be honest I’d rather be happy and make people happy thank you.”
The thought of “celebrity” fight between Zimmerman and DMX brought out not only public outrage, but several petitions as well. One petition in particular was started by Janet Dickerson, a Los Angeles-based public relations executive. In an interview with The Root she said she was “inspired” by the effort and “what it says about the ability for social media and online advocacy to galvanize people around an important issue and have their voices be heard.”
DMX’s publicist Domenick Nati has released the following statement in regards to the cancellation:
“Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter. As previously stated, DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you for all of the support from DMX’s fans. This situation will not affect any of DMX’s upcoming concerts in America or around the world.”