IT WAS the photo that was more talked about than any other so far. The offensive ice cream shot of George Zimmerman’s lawyer Don West.
The Daily Beast grabbed a shot of it, shown above, before it could be wiped from the web.
As of Friday afternoon, the account—and the increasingly infamous photo—had been entirely removed from the web, leaving a trail of broken links in its wake. A call to Don West Law Group went unanswered on Friday, and a voicemail left there was not immediately returned. Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for West, did tell a reporter for Miami’s Channel 10 that going for ice cream with his daughters was a tradition for West, and “Don had no idea she’d post it on Instagram.” He said the defense team “understands the context of the comments with what’s happened in court this week are grossly insensitive.”
West himself told a group of reporters at the courtroom: “As a parent, we’re not always proud of things our children do, but we love them anyway, and then we move on.”
Molly West, the daughter of Don West, blasted the photo out into the ether after her father delivered an opening statement that included a knock-knock joke. The hashtag #dadkilledit was a social media applause line.
It didn’t take long before it was being dubbed “the most offensive selfie of all time.”
What it does do, at least for me, is put into perspective the knock-knock joke of Don West. Now, it’s highly doubtful that joke will impact the outcome of the trial, but put along side this photo being blasted out by his daughter, it gives you a picture of a lawyer that is anything but flattering.
Why in the world Don West was behaving like this while his client’s life hangs in the balance, not to mention it’s because he killed an unarmed 17 year-old, is an ethics question to ponder for arm chair philosophers. The cable talking heads eviscerated him.