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George Zimmerman Did Not Sell a Trayvon Martin Painting

George Zimmerman Did Not Sell a Trayvon Martin Painting

A report circulating this week claims that George Zimmerman sold a painting of Trayvon Martin for $30,000. The story is fake.

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Fake Story

In a fake/satirical story from a website called TheNewsNerd, we read that Zimmerman created the work entitled “Justice For All.”

The 30-year-old, oft troubled man, who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, decided it was a good idea to paint a portrait of the teen with the words “Justice For All” transcribed in the background. It would seem that for many, “Justice For All” is exactly what Trayvon Martin did not receive.

The story, however, is not real, and Zimmerman did not create or attempt to sell any such painting.

Zimmerman made headlines earlier this year when he sold a painting on eBay for $100,000, and later posted another of prosecutor Angela Corey. He did not, however, create or attempt to sell a painting of Trayvon Martin.

Fake Photo

The photo circulating which shows Zimmerman holding the painting of a hooded Martin has been doctored. Below you can see the fake image followed by the real photo which shows Zimmerman holding one of his paintings sold on eBay earlier this year.

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News Nerd

The site which published this story is one of many fake news websites that post outlandish stories in the name of entertainment or satire. Their disclaimer reads, “The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.”

Brother’s Response

Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post contacted Zimmerman’s brother Robert, who replied, “There is no way George would even contemplate disparaging the likeness of Trayvon Martin. Professional digital pot-stirrers are ‘at it again’ and amusing themselves by disrespecting a tragedy.”

Bottom Line

George Zimmerman did not sell a painting of Trayvon Martin entiteld “Justice for All.” This report comes from a fake news website.

 

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