Indiana Pacers forward Paul George said Monday that photos that recently surfaced of him were not part of a catfish scheme, but a fake story intended to disparage him. George commented for the first time on a story that appeared over the weekend suggesting he had been tricked into sending revealing photos of himself to a man posing as a female fan. George strongly denied the story. "The whole story, as far as me being "Catfished," I know the girl that sent the pictures out," George said after the Pacers' shoot-around. "It wasn't a catfish story, it was a girl. I don't want to get into the story but I know who's behind it." Most sports fans know the term "Catfish," derived from a movie by that title, from when it was revealed that former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teʻo had an online relationship with a man posing as a fictional woman. The original story about George appeared on a gossip website Saturday morning. Later that night, George continued his shooting slump in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies — making two of 10 attempts — but said the off-court distractions have not bothered him. "I'm good. A lot of it is just stuff trying to bring me down," George said. "I'm good with it. The thing that just came out, it's all a fake. It really don't have any wear on me because I know it's not true." Even so, George had to address the story hours before an important matchup against the Chicago Bulls. While sitting inside an empty United Center, veteran teammate David West warned how off-the-court distractions can make a player or team lose sight of what's important.
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USA Today | Mar 25