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Paul George Apologizes for Insensitive Twitter Rant on Ray Rice, Domestic Violence


Many athletes across the sports world shared their outrage earlier this week when video of former Ravens running back Ray Rice attacking his then-fiance Janay Palmer was released by TMZ. On Thursday morning, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George had a much different response to the situation, stating during an ill-advised and inconsiderate Twitter rant that he believed Rice should still be able to play football.

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!
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) September 11, 2014

George quickly faced a sizable backlash from some of his 894,000 followers after the tweet, as well as a few shows of support, some of which the All-Star forward retweeted. George then attempted to do some damage control, but only dug himself into a deeper hole. The 24-year-old sent out a few more questionable tweets, including one that places some blame on the victim during domestic violence.

I get it tho NFL.. You just don’t hit women!
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) September 11, 2014

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
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) September 11, 2014

At this point, it appears George (or one of his handlers) came to his senses and deleted all of the tweets focusing on Rice and domestic violence. George also tweeted out an apology.

George had already been experiencing a rough summer to this point following breaking his right leg during a Team USA scrimmage in July. He is expected to miss the entire season due to that injury. After his insensitive remarks today, here’s one solid idea of what George should be doing with his spare time next season, besides apologizing.

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