(CBS) Pacers forward Paul George is rehabbing from a gruesome broken right leg, and he clearly had too much time to kill Thursday morning.
In a string of ill-advised tweets that he has since deleted from his account @Yg_Trece and apologized for, George defended former Ravens running back Ray Rice for his domestic abuse of then-fiance/now-wife Janay Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February. After video surfaced of Rice knocking Janay unconscious with a left hook, the Ravens released him and the NFL indefinitely suspended him.
George, though, took Rice’s side, tweeting “I don’t condone hitting women … BUT if SHE ain’t trippin then I ain’t trip pin .. Lets keep it movin lol let that man play!”
He also tweeted, “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”
George deleted those tweets later Thursday morning, then apologized.
Let me apologize to the women and to the VICTIMS of domestic violence people my intent was not to downplay the situation..— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) September 11, 2014