ORLANDO, Fla. -- An old Myspace page belonging to George Zimmerman has surfaced online, and has drawn scrutiny for disparaging remarks about Mexicans and a former lover.
There are new photos of Zimmerman on the site, which appear to be several years old. There are also two blog posts, both dated August 2005, which make reference to Zimmerman's past legal woes.
Of leaving his native Manassas, Va., Zimmerman wrote: "I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street soft (expletive) wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around ... "
He also addressed his 2005 arrest outside a bar near the University of Central Florida. Initially charged with felonies, accused of striking an alcohol and tobacco agent arresting his friend, Zimmerman notes that his charges were "dropped to 1 misdemeanor!!!!!!!!!!!"
Zimmerman ultimately completed a pretrial diversion program, and the misdemeanor was dropped.
The Myspace page first resurfaced on websites and blogs including MediaTakeout.com and GlobalGrind.com, and Zimmerman's attorney confirmed its legitimacy.
MediaTakeout, which claimed to have unearthed the page, said it "proves" that Zimmerman is "a racist."
No it doesn't, said defense attorney Mark O'Mara. Zimmerman is Hispanic, the son of a woman from Peru.
His word choice in the postings was colorful but not "terrible," O'Mara said.
He used no racial slurs, his lawyer said, and the whole thing "has nothing to do with the case."
If Zimmerman's Internet presence is going to be reviewed then it would logically follow that so would Trayvon Martin's, O'Mara said, and that could be problematic for the teenager's family.
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