Paul George kicks ball into stands, hugs it out with fan, gets tossed anyways

Photo: Screenshot via FOX Sports Indiana broadcast

Photo: Screenshot via FOX Sports Indiana broadcast

If there’s anything we know about Paul George, it’s that he’s a damn good basketball player.

But he’s also a very humble player who tends to keep his emotions under control on the court.

On Saturday night though, after being called for a foul on the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, George nonchalantly kick the ball into the stands and hit a female fan in the face.

It was enough to earn George his first career ejection.

To his credit, the 26-year-old was remorseful enough to approach the fan before leaving the court and gave her a hug on his way to the locker room.

Afterwards, George explained that none of it was intentional. Judging by the replay, it’s pretty easy to believe him.

“I meant to kick the ball against the mat stanchion and my soccer skills aren’t as good as I thought,” George joked with reporters after the game. “I apologized to the beautiful girl I hit. I was glad my team was able to pick up this win and me not be at fault for a loss.'”

George’s Pacers probably could have won without him.

They rolled to a 111-94 win over their conference- and division-rival Bulls, improving to 3-3 on the young season.

The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 26 points in the second half, their largest point margin of the season.

George’s ejection came in the third quarter but prior to that he had 16 points and four rebounds.

He also mentioned he is expecting to get fined for his actions but it’s tough to say how much that will be.

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 last week for throwing his mouth guard into the stands and, in that case, it didn’t hit anyone.

The Pacers will head to Charlotte next to take on the Hornets on Nov. 7. George is expected to play.

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