Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George was catfished by a gay man on the internet, but has decided to continue the relationship. “Catfish” is a term coined by film producer Yaniv “Nev” Schulman to describe forming an online relationship with a person under false pretenses. Nev turned his own experience with being catfished into a movie and eventually a television show on MTV.
In this case, Paul George believed he was engaging in a relationship with woman. By the time the star player realized it was in fact a man he was dealing with, he was already in love. In a recent interview George spoke about the event saying, “I know the public probably won’t agree with my decision, but they don’t have to walk in my shoes. I am just trying to live my life for me and be happy. She isn’t a man anymore, so it’s all good. People are always going to have something to say. I understand how jealousy works,” he continued.
“They are just mad that I have an amazing job, amazing life, and now an amazing girlfriend. Who cares that she used to be a dude?”
Initially Paul George denied the entire situation saying, “The whole story, as far as me being catfished, I know the girl that sent the pictures out,” George said after the Pacers’ shootaround this morning. “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.” He later recanted his story and admitted to his role in the situation after pictures surfaced.
George sent very explicit photographs to the man. George also showered the man with lavish gifts and trips.