We are beyond repair.
A couple George Zimmerman helped rescue after their family after their SUV flipped over on a Florida highway canceled a news conference Wednesday, citing the possibility of ‘blowback’ against them.
Mark and Dana Gerstle had planned to talk about the assistance they received from Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted of charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that they changed their minds, deciding they didn’t want to be in the spotlight. After discussing the situation with family and friends, O’Mara said they realized that being connected to Zimmerman right now could be toxic.
“They wanted to thank him publicly,” O’Mara said. “They thought that they could not, for the possibility of blowback against them.”
O’Mara brushed aside suggestions Wednesday that his client’s actions in helping save a family from a car wreck were somehow staged, noting that multiple government agencies and witnesses have backed up the family’s account.
“The same people who refuse to accept the jury’s verdict, just want to be angry, just want to hate George Zimmerman, are still going to,” O’Mara said. “Even if we had a videotape of the accident, they would still say it was made up. So you can’t really respond to people who just don’t want to listen to the truth.”
Zimmerman, 29, and another man helped the couple and their two children out of a flipped SUV off the road near Interstate 4 last week. The family wasn’t hurt.
“I think what happened with them today was they were very worried, and I think they were advised by family and friends that they really shouldn’t get involved with anything to do with George Zimmerman…and that’s really sad,” O’Mara told reporters, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Yes, it is sad, but it is also sick. I can’t think of another word. It is like a cancer that just grows and grows, despite chemo, surgery, and radiation.