Spike Lee on Wednesday night was forced to apologize to a Florida couple after he sent a tweet that endangered their lives. The movie director had sent a tweet to his fans in which he claimed Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman lived at a certain address. It turns out that address actually belonged to elderly couple David and Elaine McClain.
David and Elaine have zero connections to the case but were forced to flee their home, fearing for their own safety.
It turns out Elaine McClain has a son from a previous marriage who’s name happens to be William George Zimmerman, it was with that information that Spike Lee posted his non-researched tweet.
In a new tweet on Wednesday night Spike Lee said:
“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace. Justice In Court”.
Spike Lee is believed to have found the address from another incorrect tweet by a mane named Marcus D. Higgins.
In the meantime the McClain’s have retained the services of an attorney. Matt Morgan tells the Orlando Sentinel
“At this point, they have retained us to protect their interests” and their safety. “They’ve had to move out of their home and their lives have been upended.”
Here’s to hoping that Spike Lee puts more researcher into his documentary’s and other films because in terms of dropping the ball his quick action to take an eye for an eye could have severely hurt a couple with no connection to the Trayvon Martin death.