When news broke that DMX would take on George Zimmerman in a "celebrity" boxing match -- on what would have been Trayvon Martin's 19th birthday, no less – the reaction was largely negative.
The thought of a man acquitted of murder as a "celebrity" is absurd enough. Now add in the notion of Zimmerman fighting a rapper and the whole thing starts to reek of desperation. News of the fight, or whatever this is, only brought back the emotions over the case that captivated, and divided, the nation last year.
Even covering the news ignited a firestorm of stomach-churning racial remarks (most of the reader reaction to our story is hard to get through).
Now, according to DMX's camp, there's a great chance this twisted spectacle might not ever happen.
"The boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX is not officially confirmed. DMX has promised to 'beat his ass,' but no contract or paperwork has been signed or agreed to yet," the rapper's spokesman Domenick Nati wrote in an email Thursday.
"DMX will release an official statement if and when an agreement is made," the statement continued.
When flat out asked if the fight will happen, Nati replied, "I doubt it."
Nati also sent over a 20-minute interview he himself did with an ABC affiliate because, let's be honest, it's about the publicity.
Meanwhile, a Fox affiliate in Greenville, S.C., caught up with the rapper to get his response and DMX is saying he's on the fence about the whole thing.
"Well, I was challenged ... You know, I still haven't really decided whether I was gong to do it. But if I did do it, the money was supposed to go to to him would have to go to charity," the rapper told Fox Carolina's Cody Alcorn.
In the interview the reporter poked fun at one of his many (heavy emphasis on many) petty arrests by making him produce a drivers license on-air.
And then, because the local news can be silly, the reporter trotted off to a kickboxing gym to get the opinion of a kickboxing champ that offered absolutely nothing to the story.
"When you fight with your heart, you're always going to win," X added.
Also none of the producers at Fox had the decency to tell him that the sticker of his brand new shirt was still plastered on his chest, which makes the entire segment more of a joke than it already is.
As the hype machine continues to churn, we are still waiting on answers to the 10 burning questions we had for DMX. We'll just keep waiting, and yes we will post the answers if we get them.