Geraldo Rivera Apologizes To Trayvon Martin’s Parents

Geraldo Rivera has apologized to Trayvon Martin‘s parents for his controversial comments that Martin’s hoodie was as much responsible for his death as shooter George Zimmerman.

Rivera said:

“A week ago I ranted against hoodies like the one worn by Trayvon on the evening he was shot dead by George Zimmerman because in Zimmerman’s words, ‘Trayvon looked like he was up to no good’. I said then that Trayvon’s hoodie killed him as surely as George Zimmerman did.”

“What I was trying to do was caution parents allowing kids to wear hoodies or similar clothing in certain circumstances, particularly if they were minority young men could be dangerous. But I never intended to hurt anyone’s feelings and certainly Sybrina and Tracy, I never intended to hurt your feelings. I want to personally convey my deepest apologies to both of you. I am sorry, Tracy, if anything I said added to your misery.”

Tracy Martin told Rivera:

“Your apology is accepted.”

Martin was also asked about his son’s death ‘dividing the country’. He said:

“This isn’t a race issue. This is an issue about what is right and what is wrong.”


Martin’s parents today asked federal investigators to look into allegations of interference by State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

Sanford police had wanted to arrest Zimmerman but were over-ruled by Wolfinger.

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said he wants to know why the Sanford police chief, Bill Lee, and Wolfinger overruled the lead homicide investigator on the case.

Crump also said that the Martin family believes that some of Zimmerman’s family were present at the police department the night of the shooting, which they feel raises even more questions.

Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott replaced Wolfinger as lead investigator as the outrage on the shooting built earlier this month.

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Photo credit: NBC screengrab

84 comments

Victor C.
Past Member 4 years ago

He's just sniffing out stories to stick his nose into!!

Victor C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Geraldo is nothing but a media hound!!!

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Good news, today, George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with murder. It took long enough, now he will get his day in court.

Kenneth M.
Kenneth M.4 years ago

"But then, the KKK was started by progressives and Democrats."

Jeffery, that motorcycle seat you sit on is sniffing the decay of what's left of your rightwing brain. "Progressives" starting the KKK? Really?!! I guess in your world Jews started the Nazi party.

As for the Democrats who started the KKK back in the 19th century, do you really think that any of your racist progenetors would identify as [D] today?

Apparently you've not been trained to talk to people who actually require a cogent analysis of facts and history as part of the discusion.

Congratulations, your stupidity shines like a supernova in the galaxy of banal [R] stupidity.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

And I never said anything about shooting him either, duhhhhhh

Patrick F.
Patrick f.4 years ago

Jeffrey W. There is no contradiction, just the spin you put on it. Oh well, wasn't expecting a sensible comment from you anyways...

Igor M.
Igor m.4 years ago

"I find it interesting that all the pictures posted show the victim when he was very young. Why not show the pictures of him at the age he was killed."

He is not that very young in the pictures ... looks like ... what? Fifteen? Just a couple of years before he DIED at seventeen.

He could be photographed and filmed right now ... like Zimmerman walking the halls in the police station. But like you said ... HE WAS DEAD. If he knew, he could have posed for a recent picture ... FOR HIS TOMB-STONE.

Are you people smoking? Is that all questions that you have at the moment? Nothing for the police? Prosecution? Governor? Witnesses? Voice experts? Ex-judge farther?

Igor M.
Igor m.4 years ago

"Yes, you are a hysterical, raving-mad lynch mob - indistinguishable from the KKK."

That is some insight and a contribution to the modern American history. While "the Lynch mob is raving" the psychopath who chased and killed the black man is walking free. Has he been evaluated? Where is he? Has he been handed back his gun? Is he after another black guy who seems to him being up to no good?

That is some interpretation of Lynch mob ... just a year short of hundred and fifty years since the Emancipation Proclamation.

Congratulations, another specimen of trolls' shameless lies .. this one sounds more like a psychotic breakdown.

This country - at least in certain parts - remain the land where it is allowed to kill a black man with no reason and no penalty. Now, one hundred and forty nine years since ....

Charli S.
Charlotte S.4 years ago

It's sad that this event has been tried in the media. The man deserves a fair trial and because of all the media and public postings he may get off on a technicality.

To the person that twittered his supposed address..you are no better then a murderer and had someone died or been hurt you could have been arrested and charged. I personally think they should arrest and charge you for endangering the lives of the people whose address you posted. The elderly couple who actually live at the address you twittered have had to leave their home.

The investigation is now being conducted. Let's let them do their jobs so that maybe justice will be done. I find it interesting that all the pictures posted show the victim when he was very young. Why not show the pictures of him at the age he was killed.

Everyone has given the far right tons of ammunition and every liberal is being portrayed as a crowd not interested in justice but only interested in a mob hanging,

timothy m.
timothy m.4 years ago

Rivera's always been a hot dog who makes himself the story. Not much growth here.