The 2011 tweets surfaced prior to the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans and appeared to show Mahomes and his former high school football teammate talking back-and-forth about the case and the trial.
The quarterback was initially being hit on Twitter for his alleged support of Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges in the 2013 shooting of the unarmed black teenager.
Patrick Mahomes defending George Zimmerman in a series of tweets from 2011. Black twitter do ya thing. Cancel Patrick Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/YI5BHiLW9x
— great white hope (@white_jesus_) January 16, 2020
However, a separate thread further showed that Mahomes and the former teammate were engaging in a discussion about the case in which he did not appear to take a side. The teammate’s replies to Mahomes were still live as of Thursday, but Mahomes’ tweets were deleted.
For all the people that think Mahomes defended Zimmerman: pic.twitter.com/5nfOEMJzGW
— B-Magic🔥⚡️ (@iambxlly) January 20, 2020
Nonetheless, the NFL MVP was slammed over the tweets.
— Stephan (@jumpmansteph) January 17, 2020
I can’t believe you are a supporter for Zimmerman , I’m not even black and I was angry. Trayvon martin didn’t deserve to die . I can’t believe this man . #justicefortrey
— manuel (@manuel47677523) January 17, 2020
How do you believe Zimmerman is innocent?
— shawn styles (@shawnstyles2) January 22, 2020
patrick mahomes supports george zimmerman in case you were deciding who to root for in the super bowl.
— breana jones (@BreanaMJones) January 21, 2020
It seems #PatrickMahomes was not suprised 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. pic.twitter.com/cUxc0SU8B8
— Honesty Gant (@HonestyVisions) January 17, 2020
Outside the resurfaced tweets that Mahomes sent before he snapped the ball at Texas Tech, the quarterback has never spoken out publicly about the Zimmerman trial or Martin’s death.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Ryan Gaydos