Indiana Pacers star Paul George has denied reports that he had been 'catfished' and says he 'knows the girl' who may have leaked photos of him.
Black Sports Online initially broke the story and said that George had suffered a classic 'catfish scheme' by a gay man who had tricked him into sending nude photos to who he believed was an attractive young woman.
The man who tricked the Pacers superstar is only known by the name "Paul" and has a history of attempting to deceive athletes and celebrities into gaining explicit photos through the internet.
Paul George's representatives have come quick to the small forwards aid by claiming that George is in fact not the person pictured in the photographs in question.
The statement read: "Please be advised that CAA Sports represents Paul George. It has come to our attention that you are featuring various photographs of Mr. George on your website. The graphic photo in question is not Mr. George"
George himself recently commented on the rumours circling on the web: “The whole story, as far as me being catfished, I know the girl that sent the pictures out, It wasn’t a catfish story, it was a girl. I don’t want to get into the story but I know who’s behind it.”
George has been caught in the public eye recently and a few stories have emerged that could potentially become off the field issues for the 23-year-old.
What was even more worrying for the Pacers and George was that he had similarly struggled on the court and especially with his shooting.
After the game against the Grizzlies, George responded to comments that off the field issues had been affecting his performances: "I’m good. A lot of it is just stuff trying to bring me down,” he said. “I’m good with it. The thing that just came out, it’s all a fake. It really don’t have any wear on me because I know it’s not true"
The Pacers themselves face a massive test against the two-time champion Miami Heat tonight and will be hoping that George can shake off recent struggles to overcome the visiting LeBron James.