How Shellie Zimmerman And Her Doubts Are Disrespecting The Martin Family

October 1, 2013  |  

Well I see Shellie Zimmerman has been in the news, again.

From the article on the Today show’s website entitled, “George Zimmerman’s wife: ‘I have doubts but I also believe the evidence:”

In the midst of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman said she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year, she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview. 

“I’m conflicted on that,” Shellie told Lauer on TODAY Thursday. “I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me take the blinders off and start to see things differently.”

Lauer pressed further, asking, “So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting in self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?”

“I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to,” Shellie responded. “I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence.”

Despite these doubts, Shellie vehemently denies that George profiled the teen.

“He did not profile Trayvon Martin,” she said.”

Well that’s good to know Shellie Zimmerman. Unfortunately, I don’t really care.

In fact, the entire non-stop Zimmerman-watch is pretty unbearable at this point. First it was the traffic stop in which a gun was found. Than there was a second traffic stop for speeding. Then there was the story about how George saved a family from a overturned vehicle on the highway. And then another traffic stop over some tinted windows.  And now, comes the Shellie and George Zimmerman divorce saga. That story has been so sordid, you can almost hear Nancy Grace salivating over catchy yet inappropriate show titles and snappy one liners…

Yet I’m not entertained by this at all. I tried before to bite my tongue after her first appearance on television, when she told ABC News of her intentions to divorce her husband. Many folks I know have rightly pointed out that Shellie may very well be a victim too of George’s manipulation and as such, is deserving of sympathy. I am empathic with her domestic situation. I was disturbed by her 911 call, particularly the portion where she tells the operator: “I don’t know what he’s capable of. I’m really, really scared.” I felt for her and her family upon reading the reports that George assaulted her father; broke her iPad and allegedly waved a gun around. I also think that it is messed up that she has been unable to track him down to serve divorce papers.

In many respects I do not envy the position she finds herself in, particularly being tied to a man involved in a crime, which has polarized a nation. With that said, I just don’t understand how any of the recent developments are relevant to the Martin’s case for justice.

Matter of fact, even her doubts of his innocence, particularly what he was capable of, are immaterial. The time to express that was when it mattered – and that was before and during the trial. Or when poor Georgie might have asked you to perjure yourself before the court to protect the more than $130,000 in cash holdings you guys had acquired thanks to donations from the defense fund her husband set up on the Internet. I think to expose all of her reservations and his ill-doings now, particularly for the various news network, just sounds like bitter grapes.

I mean if she was really interested in clearing her conscious or speaking about her reservations, perhaps a private corespondent to the family of Trayvon Martin might have been appropriate? Heck, isn’t there still an investigation underway by the United States Justice Department about whether or not to file federal civil right violation charges against Zimmerman? Perhaps they would be interested in hearing Shellie’s doubts in more explicit details? Come to think of it: the federal investigation into the Martin case has not been really mentioned in the saga at all – other than just background information as to remind us of why the Zimmerman’s domestic troubles are supposedly of our continued interest.

I think that if we found a way to trivialize the Martin case, it is definitely the Zimmerman watch. And as much as like the idea of having Zimmerman’s privacy violated, in theory, I just don’t think it is beneficial or fair to put Martin’s family – as well as those, who are concerned about justice – through this continued agony of having to see these two in particular play out relationship drama on television like a bad reality show.

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