Is George Zimmerman the next O.J. Simpson?

I don’t know about you, but if I’d just been acquitted of second-degree murder in a highly-publicized trial, I wouldn’t be out in public causing a ruckus.

But for the third time since he was found not guilty in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in July, America’s most infamous neighborhood watch captain is again being questioned by the police.

This from a man whose attorneys claim he was so fearful for his life he would probably never live a normal life again. For the record, the word normal shouldn’t be uttered in the same sentence with George Zimmerman.

First Zimmerman is stopped for a traffic violation in Texas a few weeks after he is cleared. He volunteers to police that he has a gun in his glove box. He’s legally allowed to carry the weapon; though the thought of an armed Zimmerman makes we want to say,   “Hide your wife, hide your kids.”

Last week, he was stopped again by police for speeding near his home in Florida.

Today, his soon-to-be ex-wife called 911 to report that Zimmerman punched her father in the nose and threatened to shoot her and her father. Police don’t find a gun on Zimmerman, so he isn’t arrested.   On the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman tells the operator she is fearful of what her husband may do. She certainly isn’t the first estranged wife to claim her husband is trying to harm her. And this is the same woman who lied to protect her husband while he was awaiting trial. She recently pleaded guilty to perjury and people will question the credibility of her report now that she has filed for divorce.

But the question remains: When will Zimmerman learn?

The George Zimmerman debacle has always reminded me of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in 1995. The case was highly publicized — the trial was broadcast on television and watched by millions — and prosecutors never conclusively proved O.J.’s guilt.  Both cases were largely polarized along racial lines with many whites thinking Simpson was guilty.  A good many black people, myself included, thought he was guilty as sin too, but a predominantly black jury acquitted him. Zimmerman was thought by many African-Americans to be guilty of gunning down the teenager he pursued after the police told him not to. Zimmerman argued it was self-defense, yet he was armed with a gun and Trayvon’s only weapon was a pack of Skittles.

Once O.J. got off, he didn’t go away quietly, a fact that enraged the families of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

What’s mystifying is why these men didn’t count their blessings and keep a low profile for the rest of their natural lives.

Simpson surfaced with a ridiculous book about how he would have committed the murders, if he had done it. And Zimmerman keeps finding himself on the wrong end of traffic stops and now, a domestic dispute.

If Zimmerman isn’t careful, he’s going to wind up like O.J., serving prison time for an unrelated crime after getting away with murder.


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