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. jesse

    Why do they wear their hats sideways??? Are their heads shaped differently??

    March 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jesse

    Why do black people say, "Birfday" instead of birthday? Or , "wif" instead of with???

    March 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jesse

    Why do blacks say, "aks" me a question, instead of "ask"???

    March 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesse

    These and many other questions could be answered if we can explore the last frontier. A place so hostile and uninhabited ... ...The mind of the black man.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubbaâ„¢

    One thing I would like explained,

    if his girlfriend was on the phone with him when this happened, why did it take 3 days for his parents to find out about it?

    Why didn't the girlfriend call them immediately to inform them about what happened?????

    That imformation may have been helpful to them.

    March 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      @ Bubbaâ„¢ 8:31 PM:
      I agree with the most immediately obvious implication of your question.
      However, there are many possibilities.
      The girlfriend may not have realized the importance of her conversation with Trayvon.
      The girlfriend may have been stoned on a substance for three days.
      Holy Week is nigh, and the girlfriend wanted to wait three days and three nights before coming up with the truth.
      Girlfriend's cell phone was not in service at that time.
      The possibilities are endless.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Why did the police not check out the 911 calls that night and see if the people knew what happened? Why didn't the police take his clothes, pictures of his wounds, or pictures of the scene?Where is the lady that was 10 feet away looking out her window? Why didn't they hold him because he was in violation of some of the statutes like 776.085, 790.10, 790.053, 790.06(1)(K)(3), and 790.151. Any of these statutes would pertain to tis case. How do we know these are not self inflicted wounds?

    March 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Riddle Me This

    Bwa ha ha ha ha @Joey!

    March 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BSdetector

    I also go by Sofa King in certain games... but I am smart... unlike the Sofa King that was posting in here.
    So... wanna-be Sofa King... explain how someone can claim "defense" when he chased Martin down... Sounds like "offense" to me... Now so back to your cartoons, and keep trusting the little fairy that is whispering in your ear... Damn, do we really have this many fools in our society?

    March 30, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    I just pooped my pants again.

    March 30, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. AL HERNANDEZ

    IF TRAYVON WAS BEATING THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ZIMMERMAN, ......WHO CLEANED HIM UP? ............CALL ON ANYBODY THAT CLEANED HIM UP TO CONFIRM IF ZIMMERMAN HAD BRIKEN NOSE LACERATIONS ON HIS HEAD, WHAT HAPPENEND TO THE BLOODY CLOTHS?......... BECAUSE HE LOOKS FINE ON VIDEO. ALSO TRAYVON WAS 140 LBS, ZIMMERMAN 205, ALMOST TWICE THE KIDS SIZE. ZIMMERMAN WAS THE ONE WHO RAN AND WENT AFTER TRAYVON, UNDER STAND YOUR GROUND TRAYVON HAD EVERY RIGHT TO KICK THE BJESUS OUT OF THAT HUGE GUY, .........WHY DOES STAND YOUR GROUND ONLY PROTECTS ZIMMERMAN?????????????

    March 30, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark L.

    George Zimmerman is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY !!!! It's not the other way around !!!!

    March 30, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. BigCee43

    I listen to this interview and zimmerman's dad says he was beaten for about 1 minute "in the face" thats a long time to be beaten in the face and not have a your face messed up. and then he stated again that he continued to beat him in the face so this was a total of about minute and a half his face should be really messed up just my thoughts........BIGCEE43

    March 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Lets take a road trip to fl. Bring your guns

    March 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. N Tyler

    Okay another lie why didnt the police clean Zimmerman up and now the brother saying something did you brust your brother in the nose and the back of the head evidence clean up oh my keep telling on yourselves.If he wanted gold in his mouth did you pay for it?its a lots of people on foodstamp.If i wanted grild am get one am i thug no a 50 year old woman a nurse.So shout that up and you still on the drug thing drop that to.What about the town it was all ready divided for years it just was keep quite all these years.A child was killed for not reason and that is that to jail Zimmerman the to hell.Look we had to live in fiece all our life and we still have to look over our shoulder and it 2012 its a shame.

    March 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tefa

    I think all this is about to start a war. who's gonna win? black hoddies Yall that don't want to be harmed don't follow us.

    March 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
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