Paul George’s home reportedly burglarized, $15K worth of shoes, jewelry stolen
As bad as the night went for the Indiana Pacers on Monday as the team that hasn’t seemed to be able to do anything right over the past few months, it got somewhat worse for superstar Paul George, who learned after the game that his home had been burglarized.
According to a report from The Indy Channel, the police report documenting the incident indicates that George’s parents discovered evidence of the burglary that is believed to have occurred between 7:15 and 11:45 p.m, right in line with the time George and his teammates were losing a critical Game 5 game to the Atlanta Hawks on its home court to go down 3-2 in the series.
More than an estimated $15,000 in items were stolen, highlighted by a Paul George NBA platinum All Star ring with diamonds, a watch and a pair of Air Jordan 4 “Toro” shoes. The police report also notes that a $20 bill was also part of the burglar’s (or burglars’) booty. Good to know.
The police report also states that there are no indications of a forced entry, meaning that in all likelihood the crime was perpetrated by someone who had access and an ability to enter the home without breaking into it.
This violation of his home and privacy comes on the heels of a night that already had turned into an nightmare for George and his Pacers teammates. The team has been in a downward spiral for an extended period leading up to an including the playoffs. Rumors of infighting and a complete breakdown of cohesion both on and off the court appears to have precipitated the precipitous drop as the team limped into the postseason.
George himself was the subject of some serious scorn during Monday’s 107-97 home loss that leaves the team down 3-2 in its series with the Hawks. One Pacers fan apparently has had enough with the dysfunction and could be audibly heard viciously heckling George after the small forward was whistled for a traveling violation late in the first half.
“Hey George, why don’t you start playing some basketball and stop traveling? I guess you’re ready to go home in the first round,” the fan shouted. “You’re ready to go home in the first round against Atlanta? You’re supposed to be an All-Star. Start playing ball and stop traveling.”
Statistically speaking, George is having a decent series, averaging 22.6 points and 11.2 rebounds in the series against the Hawks, but is getting no help at all from his teammates.
[H/T The Big Lead]