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. Scottish Mama

    And then some.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Seems to be all about

    March 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troll Hater

      Logic defies trolls, and it's Spring Break for some schools...the kiddies are out.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The mob has spoken

    No. But it looks like you're in dire NEED of it, and FAST!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Quick on the uptake, you are.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesse

    Im so glad zimmermans father came out and cleared this whole mess up by telling CNN trayvon threatened to kill his son. Now me and Al can crawl back into our holes until the next white or white hispanic shoots another Gangsta.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      Really @ jessie & what makes you think that your race or the white race is superior to blacks? I'm tired of the racist bullsh!t! Every black person in the military.should get out &.help promote other countries to wage war on the u.s because it's racist beliefs towards ppl of color in particular African Americans!

      March 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      lmao... the black race would still be living in the jungle naked and eating monkeys if not for the white race that brought you here as slaves and made you free. So just start acting white, and you'll be alright.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    roflmmfao, i have an anvil! Perfect fit for my trolls head in fact! And also for mamas troll too.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lonewolf

    Everybody is wrong. What we is a faiture two comuacate . The drug head brought a box of skittles and can of tea. With mex with gun to a gun fight. Who wins. 😉

    March 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      LOL skittles to a gun fight... lucky for Zimmerman he found the only black malewith with gold teeth in a hoodie, that didn't have an illegal gun.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    I agree. Start acting white people.
    Also...I am obese and have a goatee.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Scottish Mama's Troll are a forty-seven years old and live in your mommy's basement.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carrie

    Lmmao if you really want to go there you need to look up the word caucasion & find out what it really means

    March 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carrie

    & for the record, technically you are black because of the eve gene clown a$$ klan member so I guess you hate yourself! Talk about self hatred!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      The klan made the hoodie famous. The brothers just copied it.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ jesse, you need to get a life! And while youre at it look up your family tree, you will probably find some african blood in your bloodline.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      Great.. so I can get the extra points and the dumbed down versions of civil service and college admissions tests?? I can get preference over a more qualified applicant cuz I got some black in me?

      March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse.......

      If you have some black in you, you are doing a disservice to blacks everywhere, you GD troll.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greek American

    Just to add about the broken nose thing, Zimmermans lawyer is the person claiming this. Also, he doesn't sound as if his nose is broken on a phone call he made to a friend after the incident, which was recently shown on Dateline.
    Just sayin people! Hahahaha.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, GA.
      His nose wasn't broken...he's playing CYA.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greek American

    Is that Jesse Duke from Dukes of Hazard fame?

    March 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    I'm obese(475lbs), have lots of facial hair and like to get down with black midgets.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jesse

    Why are black people, among some of the fastest people on earth, so damn slow once the get to crossing the street in a crosswalk???? lol and 🙂

    March 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jesse

    Why do they wear saggy pants that show their jockey shorts? I haven't seen that (style) on any fashion runways. In prison yards maybe.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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