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More Florida concerts are rumored to be cancelled as a part of Zimmerman verdict protest

In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict, musicians like Stevie Wonder have been crossing Florida off their concert tour stop list.

More Florida concerts are rumored to be cancelled as a part of Zimmerman verdict protest

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The Rolling Stones perform at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at Hyde Park in London on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Photo by Mark Allan/Invision/AP)
The Rolling Stones perform at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at Hyde Park in London on Saturday, July 13, 2013. (Photo by Mark Allan/Invision/AP) Mark Allan/Invision/AP

In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict, musicians like Stevie Wonder have been crossing Florida off  their concert tour stop list.

Huffington Post reports that Madonna, the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart are just some of the big musicians who might cancel their Sunshine State dates.

Stevie Wonder was the first musician who publicly announced he would be boycotting the state due to their “Stand Your Ground” laws. This came in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict in which unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was killed. Although “Stand Your Ground” laws were not directly related to the case, they were factored into police’s decision not to arrest Zimmerman.

As pointed out before, 23 other states honor "Stand Your Ground" laws.

Justin Timberlake and Jay Z were also rumored to be part of the boycott but a Florida news outlet reported that the Legends of Summer tour would not be skipping its August date at Florida’s Sun Life stadium. Rihanna is another rumored boycotting celeb that has since been denied by a HP source.

According to Huffington Post, this is a list of artists who have scheduled Florida dates that have been rumored to cancel:

Mary Mary (confirmed)
Eddie Levert
Rod Stewart
Madonna
Usher
Pattie Labelle
Kanye West
Mary J
Trey Songz
Rolling Stones
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Joe
Will.I.AM
Keyshia Cole
Young Jeezy
Erykah Badu
Wale
Frankie Beverly
Parliament

UPDATE: Huffington Post reported saying that the list published earlier today (seen above) has been discredited.
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