Pacers forward Paul George infuriates team with pro-Ray Rice tweets

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By RYAN GORMAN

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George infuriated team officials after firing off a handful of tweets about Ray Rice.

George took Rice's side on the issue and made an online plea Thursday for him to be allowed to play football this season despite horrifying video evidence of the running back punching his wife in the face being made public this week. The star is set to miss the upcoming season after breaking his left tibia during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas earlier this summer.

His remarks did not sit well with Larry Bird, the team's president and a Hall of Fame player. George soon deleted and apologized for his rant. But the damage was already done, and George became yet another high profile person to make headlines with his words.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith's rant against the National Organization for Women, which demanded Goodell step down, raised more than a few eyebrows.

Goodell has dismissed any notion he'll step down.

Rice has been suspended indefinitely and was released from his contract by the Baltimore Ravens.

The disgraced former Rutgers standout's wife has stood by his side throughout the ordeal.

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Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton weighed in with a series of tweets...

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Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton weighed in with a series of tweets.

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton weighed in with a series of tweets.

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton weighed in with a series of tweets.

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton weighed in with a series of tweets.

Saints tackle Zach Strief: "I don't know Ray Rice, but I know that video is disturbing. It's tough to see and it's unacceptable. ... It's upsetting."

Steelers cornerback William Gay: "We're talking about a life, I don't care about a sport when it comes down to domestic violence. This is real. Someone can lose their life to it."

"So I'm not concerned about the sport. I'm concerned about what happens in the world, what happens in real life. "

Gay's mother, Carolyn, was shot and killed by Gay's stepfather in Tallahassee, Florida, when Gay was 7 years old. He volunteers at the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and is an advocate for domestic violence victims.

"We need to do everything we can to help Ray Rice because we don't need to run away from him and say he's evil."

Bills coach Doug Marrone, who supports Vera House, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse...

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"Am I happy the NFL has taken a harder stance? ... I mean, there is no excuse for abuse. I really believe that."

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine, who called the video "deeply disturbing, especially as a father that has two daughters":

"There's just no place for that behavior in our society."

Adding he wasn't surprised that Rice was cut after Petting saw the video, he was asked if he could coach a player involved in something similar: "You don't want to ever talk in absolutes, but it would be really difficult," he said.

Titans tackle Michael Oher, former teammate of Rice's in Baltimore whose locker was next to the running back:

"If my daughter was to get hit like that from another man, I'd have a serious problem with it. So I wish him the best, but it's no place for that. I don't care if you're a football player, a professional athlete or anything, a regular man or anything, there's no place for that - striking a woman."

Judy Harris Kluger (not pictured), a former New York City judge and now executive director of Sanctuary for Families, a leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence:

"The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee in the elevator is a graphic illustration of what goes on behind closed doors every day in this country. In my years as a prosecutor and judge, I never saw such explicit videotape evidence of domestic violence. Today, by acting quickly and decisively, and in suspending Ray Rice and terminating his contract, the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens sent a powerful message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.

"I hope that with this action, along with the new policy outlined by Commissioner Goodell, the NFL will emerge as leaders in the fight against domestic violence."

Coach Kyle Flood of Rutgers, where Rice attended...

"Family is family, but at Rutgers we hold ourselves to an extremely high standard, and we expect a lot out of our players, and we expect a lot out of the coaches and the staff that we have here ... we expect a lot out of our alumni. I think because of those expectations, this is a sad day.

"Ray will always be a part of our family. The video I saw this morning was difficult to watch. As a husband and as a father, there's nothing that could justify what I saw on that video.

"This is a sad day for Ray and a sad day for Rutgers."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who did not know whether President Barack Obama had seen the latest video ...

"This administration and this president do believe strongly that the scourge of violence against women is something that needs to be aggressively combatted ... We certainly welcome any strong signals by anyone in this country in support of that value," Earnest said.

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