Paul George's Ray Rice comments force Pacers to apologize

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The Ray Rice saga took a turn on Thursday morning when NBA superstar Paul George defended former Baltimore Ravens running back and suggested the NFL should let him play again.

Those comments have been condemned across both the NFL and NBA, and his team the Indiana Pacers were even forced to say their piece on Thursday afternoon, with team President Larry Bird describing George's comments as both "stupid" and "thoughtless".

Angry Bird

Speaking in a Pacers' team statement, former NBA superstar and now key Pacers man, Larry Bird, spoke of his disappointment after being made aware of George's comments.

"Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird explained in a Pacers statement.

"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."

Rice released 

Most of us know by now that Ray Rice has been released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after footage of his domestic assault on his partner in February came to light this week.

Rice has been condemned across the world for his actions, but his wife Janay, who was only his fiance seven months ago, has defended Rice and remains with him to this day.
It was this opinion from Janay Rice that made Paul George attempt to play down the Rice saga, stating on Twitter, "if she ain't trippin I ain't trippin."

Misguided comments 

Although Paul George's attempt to try and get people to focus their attention on the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, was done out of good will, his further comments were incredibly misguided and deserve to be criticized heavily.
George, who apologized on Twitter earlier on Thursday, was forced to issue his own official statement by the Pacers.

"I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets. They were obviously without proper understanding of the seriousness of the situation and I sincerely regret my poor choice of words."‎

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Terrible summer

This is now the second time that Paul George has hit the news for the wrong reasons this summer. While at Team USA basketball camp he broke his leg during an exhibition game in one of the most horrific injury incidents in sports history.

During his recovery, George has taken to Twitter a lot more than usual, which could be an example of how bored he is during his recovery from injury.

But his comments shouldn't be allowed to be simply glossed over. They are another example of why sports teams should ban their players from the social media platform Twitter. It's creates more problems than it's worth. It makes great headlines but franchises are left with terrible consequences, with George and the Pacers the latest to take the brunt.

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