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.
- Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 11, 2014
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.
- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) September 11, 2014
George soon deleted and apologized for his rant.
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
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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