Indiana Pacers forward Paul George apologized Thursday for insensitive remarks made via Twitter in reaction to the NFL announcing the indefinite suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets,” George said in a team-issued statement. “They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words.”?
Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird also apologized on the franchise’s behalf.
“Paul George’s tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society. 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,” the statement read. “Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic.”
Statement from Paul George:
A series of tweets that drew harsh reaction on social media followed George’s initial plea to “act on this police violence like we actin on this Ray Rice case! Stay strong homie !”
Then, George wrote:
“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!”
“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 is recovering from a severe leg injury suffered in a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas.