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What Was Paul George Thinking When He Sent Out A Series Of Controversial Tweets About Ray Rice & Domestic Violence Today?

Submitted by on September 11, 2014 – 12:39 pmOne Comment
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Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George is not a guy who typically gets himself into trouble on Twitter. Unlike some of his fellow pro athletes, he usually sticks to talking about things like basketball on Twitter and doesn’t delve into controversy at all. But earlier today, he said some really uncharacteristic things about Ray Rice and domestic violence and, at the moment, he’s catching a lot of heat for it.

In the first tweet he sent out, George wrote, “I don’t condone hittin women or think it’s coo BUT if SHE ain’t trippin I ain’t trippin…Lets keep it movin lol let that man play!”

And he didn’t stop there. After tweeting about how he understood why the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely earlier this week—”I get it tho NFL,” he wrote, “You just don’t hit women!”—he also sent out another really questionable tweet about domestic violence in general.

“If you in a relationship and a woman hit you first and attacking YOU,” he wrote, “Then you obviously ain’t beatin HER. Homie made A bad choice! #StayUp”

The negative reaction to George’s tweets came swiftly and, within an hour, George deleted all of his tweets from this morning. He also issued an apology and, a short time later, the Pacers released a statement and, in it, Pacers team president Larry Bird said that he thought George’s tweets were “thoughtless” and completely unacceptable. The NBA has also stepped in and is considering taking disciplinary action against George.

So we have to ask: What exactly was George thinking this morning? There’s no possible way that he sent out those tweets and thought that they were going to do any good, did he? This is yet another example of an athlete making a huge mistake on social media, and we can’t help but wonder when these kinds of mistakes are going to end. Pro athletes need to start thinking before they press “Send” and avoid making statements that will make themselves, their teams, and their leagues look bad.

What do you think it’s going to take to get athletes like Paul George to stop making mistakes on social media? Let us know.

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