George Zimmerman isn’t exactly doing himself any favors.
The man who claims he killed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, sparking a national uproar, is facing allegations that he molested a close family relative when she was a child, according to TheGrio. Now a statement he made is sure to undergo scrutiny by the prosecution as well.
“I think that honestly all of this could’ve been avoided if my parents would’ve given me a proper Hispanic/Latino name,” Zimmerman says to a family member on a jailhouse phone, according to transcripts released on Monday.
Zimmerman then says a name like “Jorge” rather than George, would have helped him out.
“But you have the most American name in the world,” the female tells him.
Then he adds sarcastically that his family “should’ve named me George Herbert Walker,” alluding to former president George H.W. Bush.
Zimmerman also takes issue with a media description of him as a “white Hispanic.”
“Honestly, they’re gonna give me a complex,” he says. “Every time I see my photo I say, ‘What’s a white Hispanic?’”
Zimmerman’s problems will only intensify after the revelation that he molested a family member, known as “witness 9.”
For the latest on that story and more, go to TheGrio.com for full coverage of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman case.