A report claiming that George Zimmerman got into an altercation with ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas, who was arrested, is fake.
The fake article was published on Empire Sports, which describes itself as “satire.”
“Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas was arrested Monday afternoon after a brief altercation with George Zimmerman as he attended a signing at a gun show in Orlando, Florida,” it reads. “According to Lt. Juan Holysz of the Orlando Police Department, police were called to respond to an altercation at a restaurant on East Colonial Dr in Orlando. When they arrived at the scene Arenas had already been escorted outside by management.”
Empire Sports has a disclaimer, saying it doesn’t publish real news.
“Empire Sports is a satirical and entertainment website,” it reads. “Empire Sports uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.”
The Zimmerman-Arenas article had thousands of shares as of Thursday.
A number of people apparently believed it.
“Why is he signing autographs? I wonder how the world would feel if Jeffrey Dahmer was signing autographs at a culinary expo?” one person wrote on Facebook.
Another wrote: “He might escape man’s law, but not GOD law.”
Added another on Facebook: “Doesn’t sound like Zimmerman was at fault on this one…”
This week, another “satire” report claimed that Zimmerman accidentally shot and killed himself while reloading his gun. That fake story was published on Cream Bmp Daily, which is penned by a South Carolina-based comedian named “CREAM.”
Zimmerman, 30, was acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last summer. The result of the trial resulted in nationwide outrage.
Zimmerman recently was spotted signing autographs at a Orlando gun show over the weekend.
Recently, he reportedly said in a videotaped interview with divorce attorneys that he wants to “show America who I truly am,” according to The Associated Press.
He said that he constantly has to worry about his safety.
“The only thing consistent is having to always look over my shoulder and be concerned about others around me,” he said.