Larry Bird responds to Paul George tweets

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Pacer Paul George sent out a series of controversial tweets Thursday morning that he later took back. They also prompted a response from Pacers President Larry Bird.

His messages posted on Twitter generated a lot of interest. The tweets referenced the ongoing situation surrounding Ray Rice, who was let go by the Baltimore Ravens this week and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show him striking this then-fiancee.

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The messages were retweeted thousands of times before he deleted them. “Paul George” quickly began trending nationally on Twitter.

Mike Wells, WISH-TV’s Colts Analyst, texted George after the tweets.

“Yeah, he said he does not condone violence. Obviously, you never want a man to put his hands on a woman.  And Paul didn’t really know how to relay it properly,” Wells said on Thursday.

George’s original tweets are listed below, followed by an apology tweet he sent out not long afterward.

 

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Bird, president of basketball operations for the Pacers, made it clear in a statement later Thursday that the team wasn’t happy with what George tweeted. His full statement:

“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.”

 

“Larry Bird is sending out a statement simply because he is in danger of losing sponsors, which they should be, and he is in danger of losing season ticket holders, which they should be,” Dan Dakich with 1070 The Fan said Thursday.

“I think what was going on with Ray Rice infuriated Paul George to the point where as a lot of athletes say I don’t care,” Dakich said. “He understood the seriousness of the situation. But to him, the seriousness of the situation was Ray Rice not playing.”

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