Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is under fire after some of his old tweets regarding the Trayvon Martin case resurfaced.
George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch leader, fatally shot 17-year-old Martin in 2012.
The incident took place one evening in Sanford, Florida, when Zimmerman — who was 28 years old at the time — was reportedly patrolling the neighborhood. Zimmerman said he ran into the teen during the patrol, and the two engaged in a physical altercation. Zimmerman ended up fatally shooting the teen during the exchange.
A jury later acquitted Zimmerman on murder charges in 2013, concluding that he was not guilty of second-degree murder.
You can read more about the case here.
Mahomes and the Chiefs are getting ready to play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday in Miami.
What are the details?
According to Fox News, Mahomes' tweets resurfaced ahead of the AFC Championship game on Jan. 19, which prompted many critics to accuse Mahomes of defending Zimmerman.
One post, which dated back to 2011 — when Mahomes was about 16 years old and a year before Trayvon Martin's death even occurred — suggested that citizens should never resist arrest.
"Stop resisting or assaulting a cop," the tweet read.
Social media had an issue with the tweet, and some users even tied it to a later Mahomes tweet directly about the Zimmerman case, which said, "No one knows what actually happens, which is why he is not guilty, but a crime could have occurred." He also noted that the situation was "an absolute tragedy."
One user shared screenshots of the tweets and wrote, "Patrick Mahomes defending George Zimmerman in a series of tweets from 2011. Black twitter do ya thing. Cancel Patrick Mahomes."
Patrick Mahomes defending George Zimmerman in a series of tweets from 2011. Black twitter do ya thing. Cancel Patri… https://t.co/CZxB2tvwXw— great white hope (@great white hope) 1579204607.0
Even the Miami Herald pointed out Mahomes' tweets, writing, "The importance of scrubbing your Twitter cannot be understated."
A variety of other social media also users piled on Mahomes' old tweets, calling him insensitive and more over his remarks.
What people failed to notice is that Twitter user B-Magic shared a full conversation that appears to take place between Mahomes and a teammate in which it's clear that Mahomes does not support Zimmerman.
The user captioned the screenshots, "For all the people that think Mahomes defended Zimmerman."
For all the people that think Mahomes defended Zimmerman: https://t.co/5nfOEMJzGW— B-Magic🔥⚡️ (@B-Magic🔥⚡️) 1579531304.0
Another user shared one of Mahomes' old tweets for context, captioning it, "It seems #PatrickMahomes was not suprised [sic] but still disappointed at the verdict from the wrongful murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Note the tweet and date at the bottom. Mahomes was 18 years old at the time."
Mahomes' tweet read, "Knew this was going to happen[. A]t least you know Zimmerman will never be able to go out in public again."
It seems #PatrickMahomes was not suprised but still disappointed at the verdict from the wrongful murder of Trayvon… https://t.co/oA1JAlqnie— Honesty (@Honesty) 1579263262.0
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