Zimmerman’s MySpace Nickname Included ‘Datniggy’; Family Insists On Innocent Explanation

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George Zimmerman, the Hispanic Floridian who killed black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, had a MySpace account whose username was “datniggytb,” The Daily Caller has learned.

George Zimmerman and Shellie Dean in Washington, D.C.: MUST CREDIT THE DAILY CALLER: This photo, from George Zimmerman’s now-defunct MySpace account, shows him and his wife Shellie in Washington, D.C. A Zimmerman family member told The Daily Caller that the picture was taken “a couple of years ago.” (MySpace / The Daily Caller) MUST CREDIT THE DAILY CALLER

George Zimmerman, the Hispanic Floridian who killed black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, had a MySpace account whose username was “datniggytb,” The Daily Caller has learned.

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.

“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. (RELATED: Full coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting)

“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.”