George deletes majority of tweets which drew ire of Larry Bird…
Indiana Pacers star Paul George was forced to issue an apology after he posted a series of tweets downplaying the Ray Rice case of domestic violence.
The Baltimore Ravens running back was released by the franchise earlier this week and received an indefinite ban from the NFL after new footage emerged of him striking his-then fiancee in an elevator.
While the scandal has caused outrage in the USA as domestic violence is brought to light in the NFL, George angered Pacers president Larry Bird with a series of tweets which also caused an uproar on social media too.
“I don’t condone hittin women or think it’s coo BUT if SHE ain’t trippin then I ain’t trippin.. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play!” George wrote on Twitter, before later deleting it.
“I get it tho NFL.. You just don’t hit women!”
“If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU.. Then you obviously ain’t beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp”
George later clarified his tweets in a text message to ESPN.com’s Mike Wells, while he also took to Twitter to apologise and released a statement through the Pacers in which he accepted his tweets were inappropriate.
However, he didn’t expect a damning statement from Bird who was undoubtedly left unimpressed by his decision to involve himself in the story, and it remains to be seen whether or not that is the end of it from the franchise’s point of view in dealing with George’s actions.
“Paul George’s tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society,” Bird’s statement read.
“We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers’ organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature. Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic.”
Meanwhile, the NFL have now hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct an inquiry into how the league handled the evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against Rice.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come under increased scrutiny this week as he claimed that the league had not seen the new video footage until its release this week.