March 29th, 2012
02:18 AM ET

Zimmerman's father says Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son

The father of George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing and unarmed black teen, says the teen threatened to kill Zimmerman and then beat him so badly that it forced Zimmerman to shoot the teen.

"Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of you're going to die now or you're going to die tonight, something to that effect," Robert Zimmerman told Orlando TV station WOFL. "He continued to beat George. At some point, George pulled his pistol. Did what he did."

In the interview Robert Zimmerman, his face obscured because he says he fears for his safety, vehemently defended the shooting that has caused outrage throughout the nation, moved President Barack Obama to call it a tragedy and prompted a federal investigation.

Robert Zimmerman told the news station that Martin confronted his son first and pummeled his son continually.

"He was punched in the nose. His nose was broken," Robert Zimmerman said. "He was knocked to the concrete. Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him. In the face. In his nose, hitting his head on the concrete."

Robert Zimmerman was not there the night of the shooting and did not say during the interview how he knew the details of the altercation.

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  1. Gijoe

    Self defense is self defense is self defense

    March 29, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kitness

      How many 16 year olds do you know with their bottom teeth encrested in gold? On every form of welfare but have gold all up in their mouth. I'm sure he was a shining mouth piece for all people in the USA

      March 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      after he got his gold teeth he bought the bag of skittles with food stamps

      March 29, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. BSdetector

    Yeah, Daddy's gonna say his boy murdered someone... Concrete, in the back yard? I'd kick someone's but that was chasing me too. now pull my other leg.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ?

      Yeah, and Trayvon's father is gonna say he was a good child...now pull my other leg

      March 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      "Concrete in the back yard?" Yes. It's something we white folk call a SIDEWALK. It tends to border back yards, quite frequently, at least in the neighborhoods we live in.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marat

    There are a lot of Mexicans in Florida. Zimmerman looks like a Mexican, so...

    March 29, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ♔Mmmmm♕

    its amazing how this murderer has been wrongly handed credbility...by those consumed by hatred and by those with blatant disregard for truth...zimmerman should be arrested and prosecuted.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sofa King

      It's amazing how so many closed minded people latched onto the first slanted media reports and accepted them as truth, and won't let go, even though certain aspects have been proven wrong.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. MAGIC 8 BALL

    Shake me, turn me upside down and I'll tell you the "Truth" about Travon and Zimmerman. Hey, it's as good as anything else anybodys got right now.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sofa King

      That is exactly why we need to let the process take its course. It may be flawed, but better that than the jungle justice that some people seem to advocate.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. whtboy

    I knew it. I knew the truth would come out. So he threatened to kill zimmermzn. So that's it, case closed. All the marching fools can go home now

    March 29, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Who do you think is unaffected enough by the final outcome to deserve credibility?
    I assume that there are lies on both sides and consider any known facts.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TvNyC

    Im white and i think zimmerman should be prosecuted. Well, heres a guy that claims that Treyvon beat him up, well the half hour trip to the police station after zimmerman shot Treyvon did not seem like his nose was broken, his head was not bleeding. This guy zimmerman should clearly turn himself in and maybe the jury will respect his mistake a little and give him a lenient sentence. I am white and I love hoodies. It could have been me. This zimmerman clearly harrassed this young fellow. may he rest in peace. Hopefully hes in a better place

    March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sofa King

      What are you talking about? The police report said his nose was broken and the back of his head was bleeding AT THE SCENE BEFORE HE GOT IN THE SQUAD CAR. Read first, get educated, then comment. That's the preferred process.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      Sofa – and barely a half hour later, he looks totally fine, relaxed, not anxious, not in pain, not injured? No blood on clothes from a bleeding and broken nose? I don't buy it.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      @ BMcGee

      1 – First aid was performed by EMS on the scene before he went to the station.

      2 – That video is not excatly of the highest quality, is it?

      The theory by many posters here now seems to be that there is a grand conspiracy to cover up the killing of a black kid. The police reports were falsified. EMS report was falsified. The 911 callers aren't real. Great. If that's the way it is, then there really is no arguing with you. Facts mean nothing in that light.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      All in a half hour? Must have had some Tide-to-Go in his pocket with his gun. I still don't believe it. The police "investigaton" was very poor. Medical records from the hospital might help.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JoJo

    Injustice happens every day, maybe 100 times a day all across the country.

    Sp if this is about JUSTICE AND NOT ABOUT RACE, then where are all these people the rest of the times they perceive INJUSTICE???? If its not race they should be marching 24/7 for......JUSTICE FOR ALL

    March 29, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WIZARD

    Get rid of all that trash and debris that pollutes the USA, there wouldnt be any racial problems. Thered only be the vastly superior white people and no simian type creatures!

    March 29, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. N Tyler

    This man is lieing through his teeth he knows he is wrong another lie going to pop up now hes pulling his son in it.How low can you go.Put this man away if all he was saying was true why he cant eat or sleep his wrong is eating him up.Stop the lies Zimmerman and face up to what you have done either way you going to be judge.Next week a new lie from him will pop up.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JoJo

    If your mother is WHITE and your father is BLACK, WHAT ARE YOU??????

    March 29, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      The PRESIDENT lol. :-)

      March 29, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      What race are you?

      The Presidential race???

      March 29, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      HUMAN.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    These are some of the laws governing the use of concealed weapon, to carry, to produce, if you have any violations if you can carry a weapon, and use in public. I looked for 10 minutes I am sure there are many others and also states Zimmerman in the discharge of his weapon should have undergone alchohol and drug testing. Laws 776.085, 790.10, 790.053 and .06, 790.151, 790.06 (k) and (3). I ususally print all this but if you are really looking for answers to the law and if what Zimmerman was doing was leagal you need to look these up. I do not give a rats pa-tutti if one of them is hispanic or black. Get over the race issue and look at the facts and laws. We can deal with the race after we get what happened before item are lost or misplaced.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JoJo

    Using the internet to intimidate someone, bullying and harassment are illegal. AND THE WRONG PEOPLE TOO! lol

    GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL

    March 29, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JoJo

      Oh maybe you can dig into your pocket and buy those elderly people off. And avoid prosecution.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      ARREST SPIKE LEE NOW

      March 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Guess what? The fathers words mean nothing, he was not there. Moot point, ehhhhh means nothing he is not a witness. You cannot defend someone if you did not witness it.
    The police botched what they could have done to either prove Zimmermans innocence or guilt. Now we have to rely on the physical evidence of gun powder residue? The clothes they wore? The wound Trayvon had. All 911 calls in full. Eye witness accounts, preferably by some other than the local police dept and done now while people have it fresh in their memories.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sofa King

      I'll trust Zimmerman Sr's words over most of the mindless turkeys gobbling away on here, thank you. He may not have witnessed the incident, but I'll guarantee you he knows far more of the details of the case than any of us on here today.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Still does not prove he knows what happened. He is not a witness. He knows nothing but what he is told just like the rest of us. Moot words to justify and save his son. Means nothing in the investigation. I would have thought you to scrutinize more Sofa.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      I'm guessing it is not meant to affect the investigation. It is only meant to combat the hateful things being said about his son in the media. He is likely worried that with rich special interest groups and rich celebrities calling for his blood, his son will be railroaded. As a father, I would do exactly the same thing in his position.

      Now, I hope you are not saying that he should disqualify himself from commenting, because he is biased. Would you apply the same to Trayvon's parents? If he is biased, it is up to us to take his words with a grain of salt. It is not up to him to keep silent.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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