Trayvon Martin’s Family on Zimmerman Apology: ‘We Must Worship a Different God’

In dueling interviews, George Zimmerman and the family of dead teen Trayvon Martin sound off on Zimmerman's trial.

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Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, right, interviews George Zimmerman, left, and his attorney Mark O’Mara, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

George Zimmerman sat down Wednesday night on Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show, speaking to the press for the first time since the night when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Watch clips from the interview here.)

Zimmerman seemed at ease discussing many facts that have been made public since the Feb. 26 incident that resulted in charges of second-degree murder.

(MORE: The 8 Things You Need to Know about the Latest Zimmerman Evidence)

Hannity asked Zimmerman if he had any regrets — if, for example, he wished he hadn’t gotten out of the car (something the police have said would have prevented the conflict altogether), or hadn’t carried his gun that night, or if he would have done anything differently. Zimmerman answered, “No sir.”

He continued, saying, “I feel that it was all God’s plan and for me to second guess it or judge it…” he trailed off and shook his head.

(VIDEO: George Zimmerman Re-enacts Events of Attack for Police)

After a commercial break, Zimmerman asked if he could “readdress” the question:

“When you asked that, I thought you were referring to if I would not have talked to the police, if I would have maybe have gotten an attorney, if I wouldn’t have taken the CVSA [a type of lie detector test] and that I stand by, I would not have done anything differently… But, I do wish that there was something, anything I could have done that would have put me in the position that I wouldn’t have to take his life.”

Zimmerman also apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents and to America for polarizing and dividing the nation.

Nonetheless, it was the ‘God’s plan’ soundbite that stuck out. Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have since spoken with Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC about their reaction to the interview.

(VIDEOWatch TIME’s exclusive interview with Trayvon Martin’s Parents)

 “We must worship a different God,” Martin told ABC, “because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.” Martin also told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson in an interview that he thought Zimmerman’s apology showed he was trying to “save face” in the media and that he “had ample enough time to apologize to us for taking the life of our son before the first arrest.”

Both parties’ lawyers also spoke in the interviews. Fulton and Martin’s lawyer said that the interview would be a “gift” for the state attorney, claiming that during the trial Zimmerman’s inconsistencies will come out during the trial.

PHOTOS: Faces of Protest for Trayvon Martin

91 comments
Mikado Cat
Mikado Cat

Gods plan is how those of faith explain what others see as random chance, why Zimmerman happened to drive to the store at the same time Trayvon was looking over houses.

Gods plan does not include the actions individuals choose to make, that is media spin.

Trayvon choose to come back to where Zimmerman was waiting for police and to attack him. Choose to punch him in the nose and knock him to the ground. Choose to beat him while Zimmerman screamed for help. Choose to reach for the gun when he saw it, choose to tell Zimmerman he was about to die, and Zimmerman choose to defend his life.

Gods plan, but the choices are Trayvon's and Zimmerman's.

Mikado Cat
Mikado Cat

I don't know that much about the Martin's religion, it seems based on passing trash cans around collecting money, so maybe it has special rules?

They also don't seem to realize Trayvon was killed for attacking and beating a weaker looking man who happened to be armed and able to defend himself.

polnick
polnick

 Lying on your back while being beaten or raped, calls for personal intervention.  Gang bangers would be in big trouble if their victims had a gun available.  Zimmerman did what 99% of gun owners would do; he followed the dictates of survival and pulled the trigger. It sounds like Gods Plan.

John O'Brien
John O'Brien

Don't speak for Zeus! His ways are not our ways!

Etaoin Shrdlu
Etaoin Shrdlu

Allow me to give Mr. Zimmerman a free piece of legal advice:  Get another attorney!  (One who won't let you go around shooting your mouth off like that.  What's next?  A full confession on the O'Reilly Factor?)

Karen Scharps
Karen Scharps

George said it was God's plan and Tracey Martin said it was God's plan, but at least George didn't call Tray the "lamb of God" like Tray is some great martyr. God must be turning over the heaven's for that attempt to place Tray on a Jesus martyr level.

Heard the neighborhood is fighting having a memorial site to the "lamb of God" put in their neighborhood as they see Tray as the aggressor.

Brad Holman
Brad Holman

 I was trippin balls and I went to heaven to see the big man himself. He gave me a message to  errrybody: "All you stupid humans need to quit blamin your stupid decisions on me! And for those who claim to speak for me: STFU!! I did NOT say that! If I wanna tell somebody something, I'll do it myself. Privately. In their puny lil brain.

Karen Scharps
Karen Scharps

Does that apply to Tracy martin also who said it was God's will for this to happen so justice could be found-while he and his wife are interviewed in very expensive new clothes.

Lessons from Utopia
Lessons from Utopia

What an awful thing to say that it was God's plan that your son was killed. How arrogant, as if his path is more important than anyone else's.

I just don't get the people here that are defending Zimmerman. That leads me to believe that such people think more about their own selfish political wishes rather than think of the horrible tragedy that has befallen a family.

People are comparing Trevon to gang culture, blaming his parents for his death and trying to say he was on pot, so he deserved to die. HAVE YOU NO SHAME!

A mother is grieving for a lost son and all you people give a rats a__ about is some stupid stand your ground law that makes no sense to begin with. This is a sad day for our country when so many people who claim to be Christian care more about their guns rather than the loss of a life.

Trevon was no gang member. They sell hoodies and Old Navy! Smoking pot? Really? How out of touch to you have to be to think pot makes you violent? Have you been watching Refer Madness or something? Idiotic! And as for the parents who lost their 17 year old child for NO REASON other than the angst of a loser wanabe cop, at best, or 2nd degree murder, which is what he has been arrested for, at worst.

How can possibly blame a mother for the death of her child at the hands of a murderer? That is disgusting.

You know nothing of the case but what we have seen and that the DA has arrested Zimmerman for murder. Keep your own views, especially all these annoying racial, "gang culture" views locked up in that moronic idea trap you call a brain and let the 0lawyers do their jobs.Oh and try taking a look in the mirror. Perhaps you should be alarmed that you aren't feeling any compassion for this tragic death. Ask yourself if you would be so judgmental if Zimmerman was black and Trevon was white.

Karen Scharps
Karen Scharps

How arrogant for Tracy Martin to call his son, "The lamb of God". They need to chill on trying to give Tray a martyr's death similar to Jesus. No way in the same ballpark!!

John O'Brien
John O'Brien like.author.displayName 1 Like

Yeah Trayvon is no jesus! He never threatened anyone with eternal damnation for not believing in him!

mattbm
mattbm

Hmmm Zimmerman's IQ must be in the mid 80's.....

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

He got kicked out of community college...

naksuthin
naksuthin

Zimmerman "“I feel that it was all God’s plan"

Zimmerman "No regrets"

OMG.  If Hannity handn't taken that commercial break to inform Zimmerman that he ought to change his tune, Zimmerman would have hung himself right then and there.

Good thing Hannity saw the red flag and gave him ANOTHER CHANCE TO CLEAR HIS NAME.

 

polnick
polnick

 There was a change of the usually mild disposition in my cat when I banged his head on the tile floor. He scratched my arm badly and it took a trip to the emergency room to get it stitched. Zimmerman might have been a stable person until his head was banged on the ground. unfortunately he had no claws.

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia like.author.displayName 1 Like

Damn that is a good analogy when you think about it.  Someone is actually saying that the situation may have caused the shooting and not racism?

Apparently "survival instincts" don't exist for people.  Regardless of anyone's feelings, there was a struggle and Zimmerman may have panicked and felt like he was fighting for his life. 

Should he have followed him?  Probably not..but he was trying to protect his neighborhood from crime the police were too overwhelmed to deal with.  It's a common story all over the US where Breaking and Entering is becoming a crime as common as moving violations.

Guest
Guest

These two will never get it. Their dead THUG kid picked the wrong guy to play gang banger with. Use your brain if you're going to play tough guy, because the guy you're going to play with might just be a little tougher.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

Use your brain if you're going to post on the internet. Trolls like you make this a poor place.

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia

Btw genius...your brain. Not you're. Apparently reading some facts about this case AND grammar are in order

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia

Did someone tap you on the back while you wrote this and slap some sense into you? You hit send so guess not. By definition of trolling...one can look over your posts and see you pick targets in an obvious pattern. And your comments even follow a predictable attack.

TROLLING....this guy is doing it right. (Shhhhhh he cant figure out his misplaced indignation)

shohola
shohola

TM's parents must worship a hateful, vengeful, resentful god.

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 Yes, the same God that punished Job only to return him to his faith. Or the same God who had Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery only for Joseph to return with a triumph.

 It is Catholic God, who often cannot be understood in his ways.

John O'Brien
John O'Brien

The same god who endorsed genocide and rape and incest. Think I will pass on the asshole.

f_galton
f_galton

If Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin had taught their son not to go around attacking people he wouldn't be dead right now.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

Internet trolls are a strange phenomena of the human psyche. That people can be so willfully ignorant, illogical, hateful, or nonsensical really exposes how how society is failing the more vulnerable minds among us.

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia

Go stuff a sock in it you pretentious twat. If only we could be as full of useless hot air as you...

f_galton
f_galton

I get the sense you have GRIDS.

Jardin J
Jardin J

Please tell me you're being sarcastic.

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia

Do you acknowledge that the crime disparity tips overwhelmingly towards black youths? How about the public perception of black youths embracing a gang culture? Racism sucks but ask yourself this. Has the open embrace of that gang culture pushed by key influential and young black leaders created a statw of legitimate paranoia towards black youths? Im not tryin to fight but both sides need to say there is way more to this story then one nan killing a unarmed youth! This is a bigger problem then the event sadly.

MuscleBustedLabia
MuscleBustedLabia

Lessons. ...Wow. What a great way to dismiss the Athletes who have embraced that role since then. Evading my ststistically supported point with a complete opinion of your iwn about my thinking. Some of you try so hard to dismiss the actual conversstions we should have on this issue by claiming racism or outdated thinking. Gangs are a issue in this country largely tied to minorities. Where are the community leaders trying to change this? If you live in a high crime area its hangs behind the problem. What race do they belong to? If Zimmerman confronted someone he may have been scared of isn't possible the crimes that were occuring were the reason ge shot him and not because he wanted to kill a black kid?

Lessons from Utopia
Lessons from Utopia

Spoken like someone who doesn't understand African-American  culture, youth culture, urban culture or even American pop culture. Your statements are out of touch and are based on stereotypes of race. You may think you're "telling it like it is" but you just sound like an idiot who's only contact with any of these cultures is rap videos from 10 years ago.

Get with the damn times!

f_galton
f_galton

I'm stating a fact. Travyon is the most to blame for his death, but his parents are partly to blame for not raising him properly.

f_galton
f_galton

I can do whatever I want. Blacks care a lot about being "disrespected" but the don't care about acting like civilized people.

f_galton
f_galton

Those aren't the eyewitnesses who saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, and you're clueless if you think witnesses changing their stories helps the prosecution, who has the burden of proof.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

That's my last reply. Stop living in a fantasy and fueling your illogical, racist hatred. Face the facts and live in reality. Black people are not evil, and you are not better than them. You are not justified in disrespecting someone for their skin color.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

You didn't read the link I posted, did you? Both of those witnesses have redacted their statements. One girl said she had just taken out her contacts, and had no idea who was who. The boy admitted that he had no idea which one was which.

So yes, that is very much in dispute.

f_galton
f_galton

That was after the fight. Two witnesses saw Martin on top of Zimmerman before Martin got shot. This is not in dispute.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

Lol, now you're acting like a fool. Your link doesn't work. In addition, the two ladies who witnessed everything immediately after the shootings, as well as the scream that was heard over the 911 call, were all over the news.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

A woman identified as witness 5 walked out of her home after hearing the altercation to find Zimmerman standing over Martin's body. She said she asked him what was going on and he curtly said just, "Call the police."

The woman told police that Zimmerman, 28, examined Martin's body as he slowly paced back and forth when the police arrived. She watched as they checked the teen's body and turned him over, eventually starting CPR. But he was already dead for five or 10 minutes, she said.

"I do honestly feel that he intended for this kid to die," witness 5 told investigators. "If you're in self defense, shoot him in the leg. He's a 17-year-old, scrawny little kid. You get into a physical fight with him. ... I think the kid was running for help."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/trayv...

Here is video of the witnesses:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

f_galton
f_galton

It's a fact witnesses support Zimmerman's story (see here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/cops-....

Now provide a link supporting your claim "Neighbors looked outside and saw Zimmerman on top of Martin, Martin facing the ground, his hands underneath him, Zimmerman pushing down on his back."

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

And now I know, you are simply refusing to believe the facts of the case, and instead have created an alternate universe where you have fabricated a story that reinforces your belief in Zimmerman.

f_galton
f_galton

The witnesses support Zimmerman's story. Neighbors did not see Zimmerman on top of Martin, you are lying. The girlfriend testified Martin told her he was close to his father's house, meaning he chose to go back to where Zimmerman was. Zimmerman's wounds are consistent with Martin attacking him. Note Martin did not have any wounds.

"He claimed he only got out of his SUV to check a street sign. Inconsistent with his own statements on the phone"

That's not evidence of second degree murder. The prosecution case is pathetic.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

It's already been cited ad nauseum. It starts with Zimmerman's call to 911. The operator asked him if he was following the kid. He said yes. The operator asked him not to. He ignored him. He then used a derogatory term to describe Martin.

Then there was a witness that saw the scuffle outside. Then there was a shot heard. Neighbors looked outside and saw Zimmerman on top of Martin, Martin facing the ground, his hands underneath him, Zimmerman pushing down on his back. That is completely inconsistent with Zimmerman's account of what happened. The neighbor asked him what he was doing. He ignored her, and only responded after two more attempts, asking her to just call the police.

There were screams, clearly audible, on the 911 call. Already established as definitely not Zimmerman's voice, and corroborated by the witnesses as coming from a boy. Clearly conflicts with Zimmerman's claim that he was screaming. The screams are not consistent with Zimmerman's claim of self defense, and rather suggest that the screamer was being pinned down.

Zimmerman's clothes were completely clean and in place when he arrived at the police station, inconsistent with a life or death struggle.

Zimmerman's wounds consisted of a couple of scratches on his face and the back of his head. Certainly not consistent with his claim of his head being "slammed repeatedly" on the sidewalk.

Martin's body was not near the sidewalk, but on the grass. Inconsistent with his account of events.

Martin's body was no where near his vehicle. Inconsistent with his story that he was walking back to his SUV and about to get in.

He claimed he only got out of his SUV to check a street sign. Inconsistent with his own statements on the phone with the operator, and the fact that he lived in the neighborhood and was already familiar with the streets.

There's the witness on the phone with Martin, having a conversation with him. She claims Martin told her someone was following him, that he thinks he's being stalked, and he tries to lose him. He runs, then walks. She tells him to run, he says he's not going to run anymore. She says she hears a voice on the phone, asking what Martin is doing there, then the ear piece falls out of Martin's ear, as if he's shoved down.

And that's just the start of it.

f_galton
f_galton

Cite the evidence the prosecution has. Again, Zimmerman does not have to prove his innocence.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

No, I haven't. I've seen their statements reported by the press.

There does not seem to be any evidence supporting Zimmerman's claim. The prosecution has plenty of evidence to dispute his claim.

Zimmerman's defense is looking more absurd every day.

f_galton
f_galton

You've talked to a majority of lawyers? Ha ha. If it goes to trial, Zimmerman will claim self defense, and the burden of proof is on the State of Florida, and there does not seem to be any evidence supporting the prosecution's case.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

The majority of lawyers don't agree that Zimmerman even has a self-defense case.

f_galton
f_galton

Wrong. If Zimmerman has a stand your ground hearing he will offer an affirmative defense. If he is not given immunity, he will claim self defense at trial and the burden of proof is on the prosecution to prove second degree murder. Ask any lawyer if you don't believe it.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

Not in this case. Zimmerman must offer an affirmative defense for killing Trayvon. The party who offers an affirmative defense bears the burden of proof.

f_galton
f_galton

Wrong. Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty, the State of Florida must prove beyond a reasonable doubt Zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

Zimmerman killed someone. That is undisputed. The burden of proof is on him to prove he did it legally.

f_galton
f_galton like.author.displayName 1 Like

No, the burden of proof is on the State of Florida. Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty, and there should be a considerable amount of evidence given that he's been charged with second degree murder, but no one seems to be able to cite any.

Zimmerman did have injuries to the back of his head. There are photographs of it - you know, actual evidence.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

The burden of proof is on Zimmerman, to prove that he was actually attacked and justifiably used lethal force. So far, his words are the only evidence he has, and they are severely wanting in credibility.

And the location of the confrontation actually doesn't support his story at all, or any of his stories (since they seem to change daily). Trayvon's body was not near his SUV, it was over 30 feet away. In addition, it was not near the sidewalk, and Zimmerman had no grass stains on his back, nor does he have any injuries that appear to result from heavy contact with concrete pavement, but rather scratches from fingers.

f_galton
f_galton

The burden of proof is on the prosecution, and the location of the shooting supports the contention Trayvon initiated the confrontation.

Cowboydroid
Cowboydroid

You're not stating a fact. You're stating a fantasy. There is no evidence that Trayvon initiated an assault or confrontation. You're believing the words of a killer. You're sick.

f_galton
f_galton

It was a self defense shooting, so zero percent.

Jardin J
Jardin J

So what percentage belongs to the guy who shot him?