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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George deletes tweets supporting Ray Rice, apologizes

"Let that man play!" Pacers forward Paul George tweeted about Ray Rice.

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Matthew Bradwell
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George apologized for a series of tweets supporting the reinstatement of banned NFL player Ray Rice. UPI/David Tulis
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George apologized for a series of tweets supporting the reinstatement of banned NFL player Ray Rice. UPI/David Tulis | License Photo

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Indiana Pacers forward Paul George issued a public apology Thursday after deleting a series of tweets supporting reinstating former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Rice was suspended on Sept. 8 after video surfaced of him repeatedly hitting his fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

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George's twitter rant began with an still-live tweet wishing public outrage about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson could be a fervent as it toward Rice.

George then fired off a series of since deleted tweets that forced him to apologize.

"I don't condone hittin women or think it's coo BUT if SHE ain't trippin then I ain't trippin," adding, "Lets keep it movin lol let [Ray Rice] play!"

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"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"

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"It's not cool to hit women I know that," George later told ESPN. "And that's not what I'm sayin I would never condone that. I was originally just trying to say if we gone come down hard on Ray Rice come down hard on all crime."

Pacers president Larry Bird was not satisfied with his explanation and called George's statements "thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society."

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"[Pacers senior management has] 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."

Paul issued a public apology saying, "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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