Kokopelli's Gym in Longwood, Florida is getting big blowback for playing up its role in training George Zimmerman, currently on trial for the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin in a Florida court.
By filling out a simple "Zimmerman Training Information Request Form" on the website of Kokopelli's Gym with your name and email address, the site promises to provide details on Zimmerman's training regime after the trial is complete. Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty, was reportedly training in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys tweeted out this screenshot of the gym's website stirring an uproar online:
Kokopelli's Gym has form on website for people interested in MMA training George Zimmerman received at gym - pic.twitter.com/fASvejiTFl
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) July 10, 2013
Kokopelli's Gym owner Adam Pollock, who claims to have trained Zimmerman, testified for the defense in court on Monday, stating that Zimmerman was "overweight," "physically soft," and "didn’t know how to really effectively punch," according to the National Review. If Pollack's testimony portrayed Zimmerman as incapable of self-defense it could help the defense's case.
Kokopelli's Gym did not respond when contacted by The Huffington Post via email and voicemail.
The gym's marketing gambit may have misfired, however. Since the form was posted on the website, the gym has received a series of negative reviews on its Yelp page: