Paul George ignites social media firestorm after defending Ray Rice
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Paul George has had his share of bad moments on social media. In most cases, especially all the gossipy pics and stories about who he’s with, trying to be with or who they are with in relation to him, are not his fault and easy to defend. But his two tweets this morning, defending Ray Rice, is a tough one to defend especially coming from such a huge Paul George fan and supporter.
Now, I respect his opinions and believe he has the right to voice those opinions, but these controversial tweets, that have already started a social media firestorm, were a bad idea.
Update: George did delete the tweets and offered an apology “Let me apologize to the women and to the VICTIMS of domestic violence people my intent was not to downplay the situation..”
Larry Bird also released a press statement about the tweets
“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. Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic.”
Here’a recent video of Magic rookie Aaron Gordon sharing his philosophy on Twitter that I think more players should live by.