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Paul George had the darndest time gaining public support for his ill-advised backing of Ray Rice. So it comes as no surprise that the organization who cuts his checks chastised him publicly and privately.

Following George’s Twitter outburst where he questioned the ramifications the world was reigning down on the former NFL star for knocking out his wife, NBA legend and Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird was forced to conduct some damage control.

“Paul George’s tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society,” Bird said in a 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.”

George also issued a second apology adjacent to Bird’s which read: “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.”‎

From out of nowhere yesterday (September 11), George tweeted “I don’t condone hitting women or think it’s cool BUT if she ain’t trippin’, then I ain’t trippin’. Let’s keep it movin’…lol…let that man play. 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!”

Video of Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay to point of unconsciousness made its rounds on Monday, setting the world on fire. The Baltimore Ravens immediately terminated his contract.

Photo: Indianapolis Star Sports