George Zimmerman, 28, the man charged with murder in the second degree for the February 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been called many names in the past weeks, but “DatNiggy” wasn’t one of them. Now, The Daily Caller is reporting that Zimmerman’s MySpace name is “DatNiggyTB,” a name allegedly given to him by his “Black friends,” according to family members.
According to a family member whose identity The Daily Caller has agreed not to reveal for safety reasons, the “datniggytb” name is not a racial slur, but a friendly nickname that referred to George himself.
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“That was an old nickname his black friends gave him,” the Zimmerman family member said. “He didn’t have an issue with the profile name.”
Asked about the significance of the letters “tb” at the end of the username, the family member insisted that they did not stand for Trayvon Benjamin, his shooting victim’s first and middle names.
“They called him ‘Tugboat’ because he was so big,” he said.
Initially, the family member denied that Zimmerman was responsible for the MySpace page, saying “George doesn’t use MySpace,” and reinforced that claim during a subsequent phone call.
“All I can tell you is that it didn’t come from him. He doesn’t have a MySpace account. He never has. Anything personal online like that was shut down already … I just talked to George. It’s not him.”
At that point, the source seemed concerned that someone had hacked into Zimmerman’s email account to gain access to personal photos and other inside information about the case.
“He’s been trying to get personal photos together,” the family member said. “I emailed him a bunch of photos. I sent it to him on that … account. I’m worried sick. It only exists between me and him.”
“Oh, God. I’d better call you back. … He has lots of personal stuff on there.”
But in a third phone call, the same family source changed course.
“I talked out of school a little bit,” he conceded. “That was actually an old MySpace page of his.”
The page was active everyday between April 6-11, 2012.