Paul George’s series of tweets Thursday on the Ray Rice domestic violence incident caused an uproar on social media, leading him to delete most of them and ultimately post an apology. The tweets also drew the ire of Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird.
The NBA is looking into the matter, a source briefed on the situation told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Bird released a strongly worded statement later in the morning, saying the team spoke to George about his remarks.
“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 George’s tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society,” Bird’s statement read. “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.”
George issued another apology through the Pacers.
“I want to apologize to all victims of domestic abuse for my insensitive tweets,” he said. “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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